Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Advice That Met Cops Don't Want You To See

They're FIT, but my gosh don't they know it?
The London Metropolitan Police closed down anti-police surveillance website Fitwatch on Monday. This was after the blog published advice to any protesters "waiting for a knock on the door" in the wake of last week's dramatic anti-cuts demonstration by students at the Conservative headquarters.

The Met's "e-crime unit" told hosts JustHost.com that Fitwatch was attempting to "pervert the course of justice" by offfering tips such as "Perhaps now is a good time for a makeover".

"We hereby request [you] de-host this website for a minimum period of 12 months", Scotland Yard wrote. "The website is providing explicit advice to offenders following a major demonstration in central London."

Fitwatch (whose Facebook page is here) was set up in 2007 to counter the activities of the so-called 'photocops' - more officially the Forward Intelligence Teams - who shoot video footage at even the most peaceful demonstrations and public meetings. The usefulness of their recent "explicit advice" can be judged at this Indymedia repost, and many other locations.

As I noted last week, the Millbank demonstration marked "a watershed in the fightback against austerity Britain". However, the nature of the capitalist state demanded a watershed in the repression of those willing to fight back. The attack on Fitwatch, plus the "attempted murder" arrest of a man suspected of being the foolish Millbank fire extinguisher thrower, shows that the ruling class will use all resources at its disposal to impose the burden of the financial crisis on working class shoulders.
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