Undercover Policing Inquiry: Outrage at “Brick Wall of Silence”
Last week, on the first day of the Undercover Policing Inquiry hearings, The Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance demonstrated over the “brick wall of silence”.
The “public” Inquiry is hearing evidence behind closed doors, with no access to the public – thousands of whom will have been spied on by the members of a political secret police unit that infiltrated over 2,000 left wing organisations and campaigns (but only 3 far-right ones) between 1968 and 2010.Join the growing pressure for activists to see the files held on them, for undercover police’s cover names to be revealed, and for a complete list of groups spied on – and get daily reports on the proceedings at the
Dave Smith from the Blacklist Support Group gave evidence to the inquiry this morning. In a blistering performance he:
- accused SpyCop Mark Jenner of interfering with the internal democratic process of trade union UCATT accused SpyCop Carlo Neri of deliberately attempting to entrap union members by inciting them to commit arson called on the Inquiry to force the police to publish the names of Special Branch ‘key industry contacts’
- called on the Inquiry to force the police to publish names of any trade union officials who supplied information to the police
- slammed the Inquiry for lacking transparency and being unaccessible
- accused the police of protecting big business and capitalism, not democracy