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Climate Camp 2009: the ’swoop’ and police policy

August 27th, 2009 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

Yesterday approximately 1000 climate campers ’swooped’ on Blackheath common from six points around the city of London. The camp plans to stay there till next next Tuesday, using the space to run workshops and discussions as well as launching direct action skirmishes into the city.

This years camp is targeting the city of London over a broad range of issues including the corporations that have offices there. You can read more the reasons London is a target on the Camp for Climate Action website at http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/actions/london-2009/10-reasons

The camp has already seen its first moments of controversy when a group were angered by police being allowed onto the site [report by Whitechapel Anarchists]. The group proceeded to shout insults until the officers left. In previous climate camps police have been forced from the sites of climate camp by large numbers of people both as a reaction to police repression and as a requirement to opening safe anti-authoritarian space.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/media/2007/09//380481.mp4

Climate Campers force police off site at 2007 Camp for Climate Action (video is licensed under CC – some rights reserved)

Following these event a site wide discussions agreed on a policy that meant police would no longer be aloud on site but police liaison would continue outside the camp. You can watch a video of the policy at http://qik.com/video/2686794

Another development of this years camp is the use of miniature CCTV cameras being used by police and Forward Intelligence  Teams (FIT). The cameras are attached to the shoulder and are around the size of a box of matches (see photo). There are reports claiming that FIT are dressed in “normal patrolling uniform(s)” rather than their usual high-vis jackets.

For more information on climate camp visit http://www.climatecamp.org.uk or for regular updates check out the twitter account for the camp at http://twitter.com/climatecamp or Indymedia London

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