Public Inquiry – How to get core participancy

Pitchford Inquiry logoThe Undercover Research Group wants to get into the Pitchford Inquiry to speak for people spied upon but not (legally) represented yet. We now republish a useful blog post by the COPS campaign explaining to apply to get core participancy.

We encourage you to spread the word to those who may not have seen this yet. And please do contact us if you want us to represent you or want to know more.
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Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS)
19 August /repost 21 August 2015

The Inquiry’s priority is to discover the truth… I wish to encourage all those with material evidence to give to make themselves known to the Inquiry team.
– Lord Justice Pitchford, 28 July 2015

The public inquiry into undercover policing, chaired by Lord Pitchford, is being prepared.

Some people who are particularly involved can be granted the status of ‘core participant’. This means that they are likely to have greater access to documents and that the costs of their legal representation may be covered. This is how. Continue reading

The curious case of the UK spycop, the (French) ‘Invisible Committee’ and the FBI

Reposted from the UndercoverInfo blog by Tom Coburg
13 August / repost 14 August 2015

The dead hand of notorious UK spycop Mark Kennedy has reached out once again – this time in France, where a major trial involving a so-called ‘metaphysical anarchist’ cell saw the most serious charge – terrorism – dismissed. In a statement afterwards one of the defendants accused the prosecution of having based its case on false statements made by the police – in other words, fabricated (or exaggerated) evidence. Here is what happened…

On 11 November 2008, twenty French men and women were arrested simultaneously in Paris, Rouen, and in the small village of Tarnac (located in the district of Corrèze, Massif Central). Those in Tarnac were living in a small farmhouse – and in the village they had reorganised the local grocery store as a cooperative and taken up a number of civic activities, from the running of a film club to the delivery of food to the elderly.

The police operation was dramatic: it involved helicopters, one hundred and fifty balaclava-clad anti-terrorist police and massive media coverage. The arrests sparked huge protests in Paris and in other French cities and towns, as well as the village of Tarnac, which describes itself as communist and where those arrested were seen as highly-respected members of the community.

The arrested were accused of having participated in a number of sabotage attacks against the high-speed TGV train routes by obstructing the trains’ power cables with horseshoe-shaped iron bars, so causing delays that affected 160 trains. Eleven of the suspects were freed almost immediately; the remainder were subsequently dubbed in the media as the ‘Tarnac Nine’.

Prior to the raids, certain events happened in France, the UK and the USA… Continue reading

Getting ready for Pitchford

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Undercover Research Group
5 August 2015

On 28th July 2015 Justice Christopher Pitchford opened the Public Inquiry into undercover policing. Much has been written about it, including our own piece on Corporate Watch (to be published soon), so we will not repeat all that. What we want to address here is the practicalities of the public inquiry as it relates to those affected by undercover policing.

To make sure wider aspects are heard, the Undercover Research Group will step forward and apply as core participant. Thus we are willing to work with the otherwise unrepresented to make sure voices are heard.

Meanwhile, we want to offer help in dealing with suspicions, in identifying whether you had an undercover close to you.
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