We received a letter from Students Not Suspects, posted here, to announce the start of a new tour, starting now.
16 February 2016
Today we release a profile of an animal rights activist based in Bedford 2002-2006, whom former colleagues (including a member of URG) now believe was a undercover police officer.
However, the final, definitive bit of documentation that would 100% confirm this person as a police officer is missing. For that reason we refer to him solely as RC, and no pictures of him are included.
This is less than ideal and the responsibility for it lies squarely with the police, who continue to frustrate attempts to uncover injustices in the spycop saga. In response to our request for confirmation, the police ‘intend to maintain the principle of neither confirming nor denying the issues raised‘. However, remaining silent is not an option: firstly, there are potential miscarriages of justice associated with RC being a police officer and secondly, those affected will be hampered from being core participants in the Pitchford Inquiry.
If we are wrong, we will publicly apologise, but we believe we have sufficient evidence to take this step.
In this blog post we explain how we came to the decision to publish an anonymised version of the profile, explaining the way we worked on this case and summarising the evidence at the end against our List of Fifteen Questions.
Please read this first before going to the profile on RC
Resolving a dilemma Continue reading
Big Brother – Who’s watch you? Why did Mark Jenner infiltrate Hackney campaigns in the 1990s – a public meeting, featuring Graham Smith, shadow chancellor John McDonnell Spies out of Lives, and Marc Metcalf, Hackney veteran and organiser of this meeting.
Location: Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF
Doors: 7pm for 7.30pm
Note from Undercover Research Group: Hackney was one of the areas most targeted by undercover police monitoring protest groups over decades. Few places received as much attention as it did. We shall be attending this meeting. For more details see the leaflet below. See our profile of Mark Jenner .
The scandal of Mark Kennedy and the spying on the Lawrence family is only the tip of the iceberg. Political policing has targeted social justice and protest groups for a long time, but we are at a unique point in history where we have a chance to do something about it, not least learn the extent to which we were targeted.
This message is going out to all those political activists – left wing, blacklisted, anarchist, labour or union, environmental or animal rights, anti-fascist, peace and justice campaigners – who were spied on by undercover police or have strong reasons to believe they were.
We are organising a series of roundtable discussions around the country to serve several purposes: Continue reading