Tomorrow morning (Friday 15 January) there will be two important demonstrations happening in London on the spycops issue. The first is to commemorate the stopping of the destruction of the Stasi files on this date in 1990 and to demand the Met Police stop shredding their own files proving how they spied on people. The second is in solidarity with Kate Wilson, who continues her struggle for justice and answers over why spycop Mark Kennedy was put in her life. If you can make it, please go along. Details below.
Voices of the Spied Upon is a public meeting from the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance on 21st January and will feature accounts from powerful campaigners such as Kate Wilson, Janet Alder and Stafford Scott, as well as lawyer Jules Carey. For more details see the announcement at the COPS website.
SPYCOPS: TWO DEMOS THIS FRIDAY
On 15 January 1990, smoke was seen rising from the Stasi HQ in Berlin as officers desperately tried to destroy the evidence of their abuses. Citizens stormed the building, stopped the destruction and, for the first time, saw the files that showed the scale and depth of what the political secret police had been doing to them.
Twenty-six years later, this anniversary highlights that political policing and spying affects us, here, now…
Picket New Scotland Yard,
Friday 21st January, 2016
9.30 – 10.30
to demand that the Metropolitan Police STOP SHREDDING THE FILES
It was revealed this week, by a police whistleblower, that Special Branch destroyed a number of files they held on Green Party member of the Greater London Assembly and House of Lords, Jenny Jones – immediately AFTER she had met with National Domestic Extremist and Disorder Intelligence Unit (NDEDIU) bosses to request (under data protection laws) to see the files they had on her.
The upcoming Public Inquiry into undercover policing was ordered in the wake of the revelations that Special Branch spied on not only campaigners and activists, but the family of Stephen Lawrence, other families of racist murder victims and even MPs. As well as abusing women, acting as agent provocateurs, and committing miscarriages of justice.
What justice can people can expect from this Inquiry, when the police are destroying the evidence of who they targeted and what ‘data’ they held…?
Join some of those spied upon to protest and demand that this cover-up is halted.
New Scotland Yard
8-10 Broadway. Westminster. London. SW1H 0BG
nearest tube: St James’ Park.
Solidarity Demo at the High Court
January 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London, WC2
nearest tube: Holborn or Temple.
On 15 January 2016 the High Court holds the latest hearing in the case of Kate Wilson, a social justice activist who was deceived into a long term relationship by undercover officer Mark Kennedy. More than four years in, the police are still obstructing her fight for truth and justice.
But it’s about more than Wilson. The other women who have received an apology from the Met have received little in the way of answers.
Beyond that, all the information about spycops comes from the 12 exposed officers, less than 10% of the total deployed since the Special Demonstration Squad was founded in 1968.
The only way we will ever get the truth is if those who were spied on can tell the stories of what was done by officers they knew. The only way that can happen is if they are told they were spied on.
The police must release all the ‘cover names’ of officers from the disgraced politcal policing units, and the list of groups targeted as well. Those who were spied on must be given access to their full files so they can judge for themselves what was done.
Police Spies Out of Lives, the group of Wilson and the seven women who got the recent police apology, have issued a statement and called a demo outside the High Court on the day of the hearing, remembering what was done by people power against the Stasi, and anticipating what will be done against the Stasi tactics used by the Met.
The lessons from Germany during the fall of the GDR are clear: legal processes, courts, and government inquiries alone cannot be trusted to uncover the truth. It took direct action and pressure from the grassroots to forcibly expose the abuses of the Stasi. Today, as the court decides how to proceed over the question of disclosure in this case, we remember the bravery and conviction of the people of the GDR; and to the police and the Pitchford inquiry we have this message: enough is enough, it is time to release the cover names and open the files.