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Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Fitwatch at G8 protests

4th July - Japanese Embassy - 12pm - 101-104 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7JT

5th July - London Fete Against the G8 - 12pm - Croydon Central, North End, Close to the entrance of Whitgift ShoppingCentre


FIT on the rampage - Carnival For Full Enjoyment, Edinburgh, G8 2005.



When writing a call against police tactics for an anti G8 protest, it would be very easy to concentrate on repression. Most G8 protests have, after all, attracted widespread repression.
However, we thought it would be nicer to focus on the last major G8 protests in the UK, and the memory of cameraman Neal Sinclair lying face down in a rose garden.
Join us for similar rosy memories, and be a thorn in the side of the FIT team.
Fitwatch is a tactic to fight the FIT by all means necessary.
Anyone can fitwatch, and it can be as confrontational or pacific as you want.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yup - past glories.

All been downhill since then eh!

Occasional FITwatcher said...

I took a photo of this FIT
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/images/2008/06/402240.jpg

because he was following and photographing peacful protestors at this event

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/07/402326.html

pc comment said...

Pc Comment.
Yes indeed..Many happy memories, flying in by Chinook, loads of O/T, grub,and some good'firm' policing!!

foggy dew said...

here's hoping you have one final trip in a chinook - perhaps to the strains of 'mull of kintyre'.

pc comment said...

pc Comment.
Was that by Jonn Lennon?
and for Anarchists they were really well sorted...for lemmin's

Anonymous said...

mull of kintyre famously by wings.

Fighting Fit said...

It was a few years ago now, but at the G8 protests in Stirling in 2005 groups of a few hundred protesters fought (and I mean literally fought) through police lines for 5 miles to reach and successfully blockade the M9 motorway, preventing at least one of the key delegates from attending the summit and really messing up their cosy little meeting that day. The motorway was so effectively blockaded that it was closed for most of the day.

FIT, who had taken their eye off the ball and had been fixated with following 'known activists' around Glasgow, presumably had their arses well and truly kicked for not noticing the build up to the largest bit of public disorder there has been in the UK for many a good year.

Which probably explains their current fixation with photographing and monitoring absolutely everyone, because political resistance is so damn unpredictable isn't it?

Anonymous said...

but at the G8 protests in Stirling in 2005 groups of a few hundred protesters fought (and I mean literally fought) through police lines for 5 miles to reach and successfully blockade the M9 motorway, preventing at least one of the key delegates from attending the summit and really messing up their cosy little meeting that day. The motorway was so effectively blockaded that it was closed for most of the day.


Nope - don't remember that at all - but then again I was actually there!

Fighting Fit said...

Don't remember that?

The indymedia article referenced on the main article, and written at the time, made quite a lot of reference to it. Maybe reading it will jog your memory.

There was an excellent video of it here, entitled black block tactics in Stirling, http://video.indymedia.org/en/2005/07/125.shtml but sadly it is no longer working.

Are you sure you were there?

Wes 'Pritch' Pritchard said...

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xf8j8_black-block-tactics-in-stirling

pc comment said...

pc comment
I was there and I remember hearing tthe familliar. "Shame on you " Babble. Sorry for spelling I am a bit drunk..........great days!
Baton preserved for prosperity...hic. Bring on the revolution!!

geoff boycott said...

trivia question: scotland were playing the cricket world cup in the summer of 2005. however, their star batsman was at gleneagles trying to knock protestors for six. can anyone name him?

geoff boycott said...

my mistake. it was the icc intercontinental cup.

geoff boycott said...

i thought one of you would be a cricket fan...

Night Watchman said...

So would that be a certain Colin Smith, police officer and batsman for Aberdeenshire and Scotland, who presumably was also called into battle in Stirling or Edinburgh?

Welcome Colin. Still a copper then?

unfit said...

Here are some photos from the G8 protests, including these cops:

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Anonymous said...

Another great intelligence-led policing success was the Metropolitan police asking glasgow activists if they were enjoying their holidays...