Tuesday, June 14, 2005

UK Police Doorstep G8 Campaigners

Human rights campaigners have accused the police of breaching civil liberties as they gather intelligence on people planning to protest against the G8 summit. Detectives visited the homes of two activists after learning of their involvement in protest groups.

A t-shirt brought detectives to Lesley Rogers' door. She was wearing it when she was stopped by traffic police in Glasgow. The discussion quickly turned to the G8. She said: 'That led us to have a discussion about what we were doing, what was the opposition to G8 and we spoke about police brutality in previous G8s.'

'I take part in many direct actions, whether it be with CND, Dissent or any other network. They're completely peaceful, and they're non-violent direct actions to raise awareness.'

There was a knock on another door in Glasgow - this time detectives wanted to question Ashvin Devos. He had designed a website for G8 Alternatives, the group which is hoping to march past Gleneagles Hotel on the opening day of the summit.

He said: 'They weren't aggressive or anything like that. It was just the information they already knew about me which was kind of worrying. They had already accessed my e-mails and they were referring back to those during the interview which was three hours long.'

Lesley Rodgers and Ashvin DeVos were interviewed by officers from Strathclyde Police. Today the force said they were conducting on-going inquires and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome to the police state. The police had already intercepted Ashvins email, had they also been recording his phone conversations and opened his mail? What a relief that they were so polite.

2:14 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make a donation to help provide accomodation, food, and supplies to G8 protesters here-

8:39 pm  

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