surveillance

Why covering your face at a protest is the right thing to do

Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) co-ordinator Kevin Blowe explains why the organisation encourages activists to mask up.

In June 2015 Netpol launched a campaign to try to encourage activists to start covering their faces when taking part in demonstrations and marches.

We saw this initiative as one of the few remaining ways of resisting the growth of intrusive surveillance on the streets, which sees police monitoring social media… Continue reading

Avoiding Police Facilitation – promoting state unsanctioned protests

PLOs Source: Netpol

Police forces are big fans of peaceful protests. That is, protests that are led by organisers who do what they’re told, who stick to a pre agreed route and work with police liaison officers to identify those engaging in behaviour deemed unacceptable by the state. Needless to say the police version of protests are only effective to a certain degree. As seen by the recent People’s Assembly… Continue reading

Lambert’s resignations are welcome news, but this is not the end

Former police spy and Special Demonstration Squad officer Bob Lambert has recently resigned from his positions at University of St Andrews and London Metropolitan University.

Lambert lectured in counter-terrorism at the universities and was formerly employed to gather intelligence and provoke activities within the animal rights and environmentalist movements during the 1980s. In addition, he was involved in the spying on the family of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in… Continue reading