Thursday, September 08, 2005

NO2ID protesters arrested in case they did something naughty

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/4225858.stm
Civil liberties protesters from NO2ID, the group fighting plans to introduce ID cards in the UK, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause criminal damage.

Now, forgive me if I'm mistaken but I don't recall a law being passed that empowered the police to arrest someone because they think there's a possibility they might be thinking about doing something. Presumably they have evidence - I believe Neil Herron is involved with NO2ID so they'd better have a damn good excuse because I can't see this being the end of it.

The protesters were in their cars, en-route to a summit of EU interior ministers in Gosport, Northumbria where they intended to protest wearing orange boiler suits, barcodes stamped on their heads and a giant mock ID card. The police stopped their cars and then arrested them.

The irony is, that the members were there to protest against erosion of our civil liberties. We've recently seen badly planned and hurried race hate laws that make it illegal to offend someone of a different religion, the banning of protests outside Parliament and plans to impose expensive ID cards on an unwilling population.

Other people blogging about this:

The England Project