With a national day of major action upon us, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts’ 9th November protest, the Metropolitan Police have gone too far – beyond Mrs May’s authorization to use potentially lethal ammunition. The Met Police have started a new wave in their campaign of harassment and intimidation towards protesters, with a message delivered directly through the front door of known protesters:
The Metropolitan Police Service is responsible for policing the protest organised by National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
In the interest of public safety we are working hard with event organizers, partner agencies, utilising all available intelligence, to reduce opportunities for crime and disorder to be committed.
It is in the public and your own interest that you do not involve yourself in any type of criminal or anti-social behaviour. We have a responsibility to deliver a safe protest which protects residents, tourists, commuters, protesters and the wider community. Should you do so we will at the earliest opportunity arrest and place you before the court.
A criminal conviction could impact on employment and educational opportunities, your ability to travel and applications for insurance cover.
If you are near an outbreak of violence move away and create distance between yourself and those taking part. Do not stand and watch as it may not be safe to do so.
Metropolitan Police Service
Public Order Command
This letter is a threat and constitutes harassment – it threatens witnesses of police actions with harm (“Do not stand and watch as it may not be safe to do so”) and it seems to have the sole purpose of intimidating peaceful protesters, as this was not only sent out to people who have been found guilty or accepted a caution (although that would still constitute harassment), but to people who are in court, on bail, have had no further action and even found innocent.
This action is entirely reprehensible in both it’s form and it’s intent, and it shows that the police have no intention of peaceful policing of a peaceful protest.
Maybe they should stop listening to 10cc…