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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Watching the FIT at the G20

Recent articles in the Guardian have brought what we've been saying about the FIT for some time to a wider audience. With demonstrations in London against the G20 planned for the end of March and start of April, many thousands of people will have the chance to see the FIT in action for themselves. The FIT will certainly be out in force for the week of events, kicking off with TUC march on 28 March, then the convergence on the City of London on 1 April and the G20 Meltdown events around the ExCel Centre on 2 April.

We're in a stronger position now than ever. The media coverage, and the comments posted on websites, shows that the police antipathy to demonstrators is no longer something to which a few people object. Rather, building on the work we've been doing for several years we have an opportunity to really make a mark at the end of the month, when a severe blow can be struck against the FIT. The demonstrations against the vile Israeli onslaught on Gaza show that the FIT haven't as tight a grip as once they did. To keep up the momentum and to increase the pressure, we urge you to participate in fitwatching activities. This can be as confrontational as you like, from noting their numbers and taking their pictures - still legal despite reports to the contrary - to getting in the way of their cameras and preventing them taking your photograph, or the photographs of others around you.

Point out the FIT to people around you and tell them what the FIT are up to - the FIT thrive on hiding among their colleagues and hate being thrust into the limelight.

To make the most of this opportunity, we need your help. Come along on March 28, on April 1 and April 2 - and, don't forget, your pictures of the FIT could win you a prize. For full details see the website.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never mind that, Sheepdogs and wolves......What do you reckon?

Anonymous said...

The time is rapidly approaching for us to leave behind the peaceful methods of protest and adopt a more confrontational and longer-lasting approach. Bring on the Summer of Rage.

Anonymous said...

I think that the days of peaceful protest are numbered, not necessarily because of the aims and objectives of the protestors but because of the reaction of the police. The police have managed to salvage violence from the jaws of peace on a number of demonstrations this year, and under Bob Broadhurst the Met's public order policy appears to be to deploy over the top policing and then act surprised when push comes to shove! This would appear to be part of a strategy to criminalise certain protests, while other more 'acceptable' demonstrations receive kidglove treatment.

Consider the policing of the Gaza protests, and compare it to the policing of the Zionist demonstrations.

Very few people start off going on an a to b march with the intention of kicking it off. Yet time after time in recent months the police have turned up mob handed and donned their NATO helmets before any provocation's been received.

The police can't have it both ways, they can't police by consent while deploying large numbers of officers whose main concern appears to be cracking heads. The gloves seem to be coming off with the recent coverage of the G20 policing plan saying that in effect everyone on the streets will be a target.

People are severely fucked off (I can say that, can't I?) and the police, with their demonisation of protestors are likely to find that their predictions of a summer of rage will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. And I very much doubt that it's going to be a one-way street, with only demonstrators injured. By focussing on the possibility of violence, the police may hope to legitimise their predictably violence 'response', but it's likely that their very behaviour will unleash the very violence you'd hope they'd seek to avoid.