WERE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW AT THE MARCH AGAINST TUITION FEES OR NEAR TO THE CONSERVATIVE HQ AT MILLBANK ON 10TH NOVEMBER 2010?
Last updated on Tuesday 16th November 2010
SEE YOUR OR YOUR FRIENDS’ FACE HERE?
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WHO ARE WE AND WHY WE ARE HERE
We are a network of people committed to unconditional solidarity with those demonstrating at the Conservative Party HQ in Millbank on 10th November 2010.
This is the least we can do. The state and corporate media have already started a campaign of repression. We have experience of dealing with state repression with defence campaigns. From the Poll Tax Rioters to the Demonstrators against the Israeli Invasion of Gaza (Dec 08-Jan 09) and the EDO Decommissioners (Jan 09-May 2010) experience tells us you should be calm and careful what you say and do from now on.
Irrespective of whether you did anything you feel was criminal, the fact that you were at the Conservative HQ on the day in question means you will be treated as a criminal if the police can get away with it.
1. WE WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU TO READ A POST ON THE FITWATCH BLOG.
WE CANNOT ANY MORE AS IT HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN
The move appears to have taken place after a blog posted on the website gave guidance to students who feared they might be arrested for their involvement in the occupation of the Millbank office complex, which houses the Tory party headquarters.
The Fitwatch blogpost, which last night had reappeared on several other websites, recommended that students “get rid” of clothes they wore at the demonstration and change their appearance.
“Perhaps now is a good time for a makeover,” said the post. “Get a haircut and colour, grow a beard, wear glasses. It isn’t a guarantee, but may help throw them off the scent.”
The guidance ranged from suggesting that students contact a lawyer or stay away from demonstrations for a while, to advising them to get rid of clothes they were wearing at the protests, as well as spray cans and “dodgy texts/photos on your phone”.
The post added: “The police often use the psychological pressure of knowing they have your picture to persuade you to ‘come forward’. Unless you have a very pressing reason to do otherwise, let them come and find you, if they know who you are.”
2. DO NOT say anything to anyone
You have the right to silence and the right not to incriminate yourself. So we recommend you do NOT. SAY NOTHING TO NO-ONE ONLINE OR OFFLINE, ON THE PHONE OR IN PERSON about the events. These are valuable resources for the Police to find you via internet trawling and phone tapping in order to pin a prosecution on you.
DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE POLICE even if they say “it is in your best interests”. The Police are the arm of the State and a bureaucratic military organisation NEVER to be trusted. Even if the Police put your name and photo in the newspaper, arrest you, take your photo request a solicitor (see Christian Khan below) and demand your Solicitor advises you to say nothing. That way you can say the Solicitor advised you to say nothing in the event the State tries to infer guilt from the fact you said nothing!
Even if they have your picture, and say you committed an offence it does not mean you committed THAT offence or any offence at all. A picture of you holding an item that could cause damage to property does not amount to evidence of you causing damage with that item. So on these matters, like everything else, SAY NOTHING!
3. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL IN ATTENDING FUTURE DEMOS considering what has happened.
4. KEEP A SOLICITORS NAME AND EMERGENCY NUMBER ON YOU AT ALL TIMES
We personally recommend anyone that MAY need a solicitor to opt for Christian Khan Solicitors 020 7631 9500 (ask for Kat Craig) & on EMERGENCY 24 HOURS 07659105246 or Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors (ask from Raj) on 08004370080 or 07659111192.
5. DO STAY WITH FRIENDS UNASSOCIATED WITH THE DEMO OR CAMPAIGN SO YOU ARE NOT ISOLATED IF ARRESTED
6. IF THE NEWSPAPERS NAME AND DEFAME YOU DO PURSUE A NO-WIN NO-FEE CLAIM AGAINST THEM FOR DEFAMATION (LIBEL)
Already people are pursuing the Torygraph and the Daily Wail for defamation. We recommend Carter Ruck for making claims.
7. WE ARE HERE TO HELP BUT ONLY CONTACT US AFTER CREATING A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS WITH A DIFFERENT NAME AND FACEBOOK
The mere fact that we are advertising ourselves as a place to get help means that the Police will attempt to gain access to our accounts to identify people to pin prosecutions upon.
If you want to contact us,
(i) go to a location unrelated to you – i.e. unrelated to your home, work, educational establishment or family/friends.
(ii) use private browsing (so no cookies are left)
(iii) create a new email address, and facebook
(iv) then contact us
8. KEEP LOOKING AT THIS WEBSITE
In the coming weeks we will provide more information but sign up to keep updated.
If you have any questions and would like ANY HELP please contact us. If there is anything you would like to talk about in person please arrange to meet.
We will be raising funds and collating evidence for defence cases and will be in touch with further information in the coming weeks.
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