Unlawful, repressive and disproportionate policing at Kingsnorth Climate Camp
After the Kingsnorth Climate Camp in August last year I heard that the police had been in overwhelming numbers and that there had been some â€œclashesâ€ with the protestors. But I could never imagine how ruthless the actions from the UK police actually were against the peaceful and legal protestors until I saw this video:
Earlier this month Lib Dem MP David Howarth held a press conference in Westminster to present a â€œhighly disturbing and potentially explosive reportâ€ about how the police in the UK turning into a police state by â€œcriminalising legitimate protestâ€.
The report came to the conclusion that the police had use â€œunlawful, repressive and disproportionateâ€ force against the protestors and residents in Kingsnorth. For example was protestors and local residentâ€™s property seized on a large scale:
In the video above a little kid is being interview. He said that the police confiscated his crayons because he could â€œcommit a crime with crayonsâ€:
The report also notes that the police used â€œsleep deprivation and psychological operationsâ€ against the protestors:
Since the Climate Camp campaign started in 2006 not a single protestor has ever been convicted of any violent offence. Yet, the report notes, the legal and peaceful camp â€œcontinues to experience disproportionate and repressive policingâ€.
The report also cast light on a deliberate attempt to â€œdeflect criticism through misinformationâ€ from the UK Government and the police:
The police operation at the Kingsnorth Climate Camp ended at a cost of Â£5.9 million and involved 1,500 officers from 26 forces.
Is the climate crisis turning democratic governments into police states who foolishly try to protect corporate and political interests, instead of trying to solve the real problems? What do you think? Unfortunately I think we will see more brutal police force, against protestors and climate change refugees, in a near future when the effects of climate change become more and more prominent in our societies.