After reading http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/11/13/tories-plan-militarisation-to-deal-with-protests/
the way the tories want to deal with protests and so called civil arrest from now on suggests to me they are against anyone protesting. Be it political or anything. This is strikes a veryw orrying chord with me that if notably the left is being monitored if we are going to protest or not this shows a inbalance in this country that we must oppose. How can a democractic country monitor this sort of activity. If people wish to plan protests why cant they. Just police it better its quite simple. Monitoring and spying on leftist groups is wrong and is not politically fair or democratic in my opinion.
The article will appear in sundays Observer newspaper and this is a exert from the piece
As police face continued criticism for failing to control the march, the Observer has learned that defence firms are working closely with UK armed forces and contemplating a “militarisation” strategy to counter the threat of civil disorder.
The trade group representing the military and security industry says firms are in negotiation with senior officers over possible orders for armoured vehicles, body scanners and better surveillance equipment.
The move coincides with government-backed attempts to introduce the use of unmanned spy drones throughout UK airspace, facilitating an expansion of covert surveillance that could provide intelligence on future demonstrations.
Derek Marshall, of the trade body Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS), said that such drones could eventually replace police helicopters. He added that military manufacturers had discussed police procurement policies with the government, as forces look to counter an identified threat of civil disobedience from political extremists.
Meanwhile police sources say they have detected an increase in the criminal intentions of political extremists and are monitoring “extreme leftwing activity” in light of last week’s student protest.
The office of the National Co-ordinator for Domestic Extremism (NCDE) said it was feeding information to Scotland Yard’s National Public Order Intelligence Unit, which holds a database of protest groups. NCDE, which in turn works closely with the Confidential Intelligence Unit that monitors political groups throughout the UK, said it had already recorded a rise in politically motivated disorder.
I would love to know peoples thoughts in this. Do the police and security of this country monitor extreme right wing groups and their plans and activities too ?
it just seems like a big swipe at the left and our right to protest to me.