- It seems police have finally lost their patience, and decided to teach those meddling kids a lesson.
• Activists held in Nottingham over alleged power station action
• Campaigners fear increase in police surveillance and possible infiltration
Juliette Jowit and Matthew Taylor
April 13, 2009
Police have carried out what is thought to be the biggest pre-emptive raid on environmental campaigners in UK history, arresting 114 people believed to be planning direct action at a coal-fired power station.
The arrests – for conspiracy to commit criminal damage and aggravated trespass – come amid growing concern among campaigners about increased police surveillance and groups being infiltrated by informers.
Nottinghamshire police said the raid on a school in Nottingham was made just after midnight this morning. The force said it seized “specialist equipment” thought to be linked to a planned protest at nearby Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, a coal plant owned by the utility company E.On [the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas company].
No group has claimed responsibility for the alleged demonstration…
114 Climate Change Protestors Arrested in Nottingham (Earth First! UK) | Moar terra-ists here.
On police and spies, see also : Suspicious Minds & Barking Dogs: Canada, France, Russia (& Australia) (February 3, 2009) | “My name is Brandon, and I’m an FBI informant.” “Hi Brandon!” (January 20, 2009) | Moaron Rob Gilchrist (December 17, 2008) | Rob Gilchrist : Police Informant (December 14, 2008) | Amanda is in your extended network (December 7, 2008) | Victoria Police denounce McDonald’s (Kinda sorta) (November 5, 2008) | Mehmet Ersoy/Osman : Former officer hired to spy (October 17, 2008) | The Age of Spies (October 16, 2008) | “Welease Wodewick!”, Or; The Continuing Adventures of Hakluyt & Co. (October 16, 2008) | The Downer Age : Hakluyt & Co (October 14, 2008) | Hakluyt dons fishnet stockings! (October 13, 2008) | Anarchy! Spies! Private eyes! Libraries! (September 26, 2008) | “Questions emerge”: RNC 2008 & The Spectre of Anarchism/Terrorism (September 17, 2008) | “revolutionaries into secret agents and secret agents into revolutionaries” (August 12, 2008) | Hakluyt (Spies Like Us) (August 5, 2008) | Tricksy ASIO wants the nasssty anarchisssts (June 26, 2007)