The police “gathering intelligence” at #KillTheBill protest in Plymouth

Police Monitoring Group - Devon and Cornwall - Bagas Gorwolyas Kreslu

We all notice the police at protests. What many don’t realise, is that some police are there for surveillance – filming us, taking names, and recording it all in a database of “domestic extremists”. You don’t have to do anything to be on the database, just attending a protest is enough. With the G7 Summit in Cornwall fast approaching, we have seen Devon and Cornwall Police send more of these officers to protests. It’s important we learn to recognise them, not just for the sake of privacy, but because those they surveil can become the target for “harassment policing”. People on their database have found themselves followed at protests, had their car number plate flagged, and been targeted for preemptive arrest. We can stop this. Don’t talk to police, and make sure other protesters know what they’re up to. If noone speaks to them there is nothing they can…

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