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Monday, 3 March 2008

How to Fitwatch

Fitwatch Meeting this Saturday, 8th March, 2pm
LSE (Connaught House, Aldwych) Room H103
Everyone welcome.

Fitwatch has proved to be a highly effective tactic against surveillance by public order police.

Although really, it is better described as a range of tactics. Some are as simple as taking a picture, or making a note of numbers. Other tactics are more confrontational and actively prevent the police accumulating the data they use for their 'preventative' public order policing. There is a tactic for everyone, and all of them are very effective.

To get involved, you need only bring a camera, placard or banner to your next demo or meeting, and get fitwatching. But you would also be very welcome at the Fitwatch meeting on Saturday so that we can share experiences, develop tactics and create an effective response to FIT and public order policing.

Just as an aside, it seems that even security firms have taken notice. The following testimonials are taken from a Group 4 Securicor briefing, and from the website of the security outfit Inkerman, who make it their business to protect companies from the attention of trouble making protestors. According to Inkerman, we are 'counter-surveillance'. Sounds posh innit?

"8 March 08 – London – The anarchist group, Fitwatch, is arranging a series ofmeetings that begin in London to discuss the nature of policing at protests anddemonstrations. Fitwatch are an active group that prevents Police ForwardIntelligence Teams (FIT) from gathering information during protests anddemonstrations. Fitwatch insist FIT are an oppressive reflection of the state'sattitude towards protest groups. Fitwatch aim to use the meetings to discussongoing tactics and to attract support. The first meeting is to takeplace at the LSE" (Group 4 Securicor)

"Another protest group against the use of cameras and surveillance of activists has been established and holds growing weight within activist movements. FITWATCH is a counter-surveillance group, who take photos and try to obtain the personal details and identification numbers of the officers in FIT. Photographs of the officers concerned have been posted on activist websites."(Inkerman. See http://www.inkerman.com/static/files/1197479765-theinkermanmonitorecoterror.pdf for their report on 'eco-terrorism'.)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, due to a lack of interest this meeting has now been cancelled.

I have now conceded that the SWP are top dogs and our efforts to stem the tide of the fascist police state has fallen on its arse(a very large arse in my case).

We will be marching with our new found masters on May Day, yet again denying capitalism and the fascist police a well earned bundle with the anarchos....

I myself will be laying on the beach under a different black and white flag on the South Coast, sipping a rum and coke and dreaming of what may have been.

I really wish it could have been different but to be honest, i cant stand that ginger twat Jeff, he just drives us all nuts.

Oh well, all the best and remember

"Yma Rysrudh ogas dhe Gambron, heb mar!"

Emily Crabapple

xxx

FIT Watch said...

So, it's getting personal...

Firstly, to state the obvious, the meeting is not cancelled.

I thought about deleting this comment, but thought it's better to let it stand. Abusive comments are a good way of showing the level of interest in the meeting and what we're doing.

But this isn't just a war of words. This is a war we will fight on all and every level, whether it be on the streets, in the courts, or in this virtual world.

Personal comments will not make a difference, and will not distract from what we are doing.

Oh - and it's a bit too cold to lie on the beach just yet and I've never drunk rum and coke.

And Jeff, we all love you.

love emily

Anonymous said...

....??!?!

lol is that the FIT posting that original comment?!

Anonymous said...

There are only 5 grammatical errors. It was most likely a team effort.

That's what you get when you don't have entry requirements.

pc comment said...

PC Comment here. Now that it is getting personal...my plans are working. Good job I have you all photographed and on file!!!! Can I come to your meeting........or have I been?????