19 Jan 2011
Caroline Lucas is on list of domestic extremists
I haven't checked to see if I am on the list, I suspect that suspected members of
the Taliban will be far fewer than vegans.
National Public Order Intelligence unit database of "domestic extremists" according
to one of the UK's major newspapers, which has contacted the Green Party
privately about the matter.
Responding today, Caroline said: "I wouldn't
be surprised if my name was on the list. Anybody who takes part in any kind
of protest, however peaceful and however justifiable in terms of the public
good, appears to be at risk of being labelled an extremist. "After
attending the 2008 Climate Camp at Kingsnorth in Kent, for example, I wrote
to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner with a Freedom of Information
request to find out whether my name was one of those being held on police
databases. I was told that this information could not be released. "At
Kingsnorth, I saw for myself the extent to which the policing of peaceful
protests was becoming aggressive and disproportionate. There has been a
real escalation of excessive police responses to environmental protests,
student demonstrations and anti-war actions. "Controversial techniques like
kettling have become normalised. And the revelations about police
infiltration of non-violent groups represent an ever more dangerous step
towards to a police state. "Given the discovery that even more undercover
officers like Mark Kennedy are involved in covert operations against green
campaigners - at great expense to the taxpayer - the police must now act
urgently to bring ACPO's policing units into the Metropolitan Police."
Published and promoted by Spencer Fitz-Gibbon for the Green Party of England & Wales, both at 1a Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ.