Strikes and coppers: remembering Grunwick and Orgreave

Cautiously pessimistic

A quick plug for two (somewhat related) upcoming events:

On February 15th, there’ll be a discussion in London, on the subject of “Strikers & Spycops – From Grunwick to Now”. From the event description:

“Spycops and Strikers is part of a series of Grunwick 40 memorial events, organised in co-operation with the Special Branch Files Project, the Undercover Research Group and the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance.

Since the exposure of Mark Kennedy as an undercover officer inside the environmental movement in 2011, many more so-called #spycops have been found out by the activists they spied upon. We now know that since 1968, the Special Demonstration Squad infiltrated political and activist groups that they considered a threat, including the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, Anti-apartheid movement and CND.

We also know that prominent supporters of the Grunwick strike were bugged and followed and that there were attempts to infiltrate the strike committee…

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