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Monday, 7 July 2008

Fitwatch: The Story So Far

It's been just over a year since we started a concerted campaign against the FIT Teams, so we thought it was time we celebrated some of our achievements.

FIT no longer feel safe on our demonstrations. According to their own statements, they have felt "intimidated" by our tactics, and we have at times, rendered their intelligence gathering operations "ineffective". We have seen several demonstrations where the cameraman has had to be "withdrawn", and we have shown we can do this even when our numbers are small.

In June last year, I wrote "The cops are so comfortable outside our meetings they think they don’t need back up. Four cops and a photographer feel safe outside our meetings." This is no longer the case. There were ten officers at the London Fete meeting, and they called in a van of TSG to back them up.

Despite numerous arrests, they have yet to secure a conviction. Trials have seen judicial review threatening senior crown prosecutors wheeled out to unsuccessfully take on unrepresented defendants. Evidence has included statements from Superintendents, and the printing out of the contents of this blog.

On the streets, we have been part of a general trend in changing the psychology of demos. Increasingly, people are refusing to be pushed around, and more willing to take on the police. Forcing a photographer to withdraw from the crowd is like pushing through a police line - it shows resistance can be successful. It shows we can change the dynamic of a situation.

We've got a long way to go, but after years of subjugation, we've started fighting back, and the effects are visible. Let's keep up the pressure and see what we can achieve in another year.

13 comments:

pc comment said...

Pc Comment
R|ight! Someone went through alot of trouble writting that speech and not one person has posted a blog. So I, the glorious PC Comment will get the ball rolling........Forward Intelligence Teams are an essential part of policing in a pro-active way. Public order policing is a complex beast and you cant please all the people all of the time!

Anonymous said...

You never seem to please anyone except a minority. They're not essential...protests are essential. We're not criminals so you dont need profiling. Thus not essential. Doesn't matter how much you jazz it up, we see through you.

The reason why comments haven't been made, is coz some people are having a holiday and they dont all stay on their computer.

The Majority said...

PC Comment you do, in fact please most of the people most of the time. Allowing protest to continue without being subverted into criminal acts by a small minority who seek to hide in the crowd and draw legitimacy from it.
There is a qualified right to protest in the UK but there is no right to riot nor to protest anonymously.
Well done – the SHAC national this weekend is a testament to what the FIT have achieved over the last year.

pc comment said...

PC Comment.
Now that wasn't hard now was it.

Stamford Bridge said...

Pc Comment wrote:
R|ight! Someone went through alot of trouble writting that speech and not one person has posted a blog.

Er... that was the bloody blog. I suppose Rick Algar's using the force communal braincell at the moment.

Anonymous said...

A small and violent minority that starts shit on demos? I presume we are talking about the TSG here...?

Anonymous said...

what HAVE the fit achieved over the past year? having a pop at journalists? a load of failed and shaming prosecutions? posting a load of shite on this blog? none of it anything to be proud of.

Anonymous said...

FIT teams are "an essential part of policing" just about as much as the SS were an "essential part of internal security."

Obviously, it all depends how you define 'policing', but if you mean keeping tabs on peaceful members of the public simply because they aren't happy with the status quo, then yes - FIT is essential (along with every other repressive internal security force). Why stop at FIT? Keeping public order is "a complex beast", as you say, so a couple of internment camps would help a great deal. Let's get rid of this liberal 'trial', 'jury' and 'rights' nonsense too.

pc comment said...

pc comment
So you are comparing the MPS with the SS. That is the sort of comment that just doesnt help. You obviously inherited learning difficulties. TSG, a fine body of officers serving London firmly and fairly!!you obviously have not had the pleasure of being saved in the nick of time by us/them! Got to go playing golf in a mo!

Anonymous said...

I didn't compare the FIT to the SS actually. I said your argument could be used (and was often used) to justify the existence and tactics of the SS and similar bodies.

I'm sure you think the SS was made up of sub-human monsters, and you're somehow inherently 'different'. It may surprise you to learn that they all thought they were "a fine body of officers" serving Germany "firmly and fairly". Oh, and they played golf too.

Anonymous said...

tsg serving london firmly and fairly? firmly, certainly, but fairly is questionable. you don't have to be a hunt supporter to see them as a bunch of paramilitary thugs who in a different time could have graced any of the various coloured shirts of the '20s and '30s. i suppose there has to be some career progression for thick cops, which role the tsg presumably fits.

Anonymous said...

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Stasi Watch said...

It is true that FIT are not directly comparable to the SS.

They are however exactly the same as the STASI

Which would be why they stand outside public meetings photographing everyone who goes in - intmidation level high - intelligence value - nil.