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Independent: I'm suing the police because they labelled me an extremist and barred me from doing my work

Discussion in 'Work, Finances and Disability Insurance' started by Andy, May 5, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member (& Outreach when energy allows)

    Hampshire, UK
    Talks about a journalist labelled by the police as an extremist which then affected his ability to work. Posting due to ME advocates being labelled as extremists in the past - seemed a similar principle to me.
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  2. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Bolding mine.

    Lovely. So when the establishment has stuck a mental health label on us all, they can then prevent us from participating from attending events.

    Instead of posturing about how people want to avoid being labelled as mentally ill because of the stigma, you should try and do something about the stigma itself, Simon Wessely.

    Becoming mentally ill does not mean someone is more prone to violence or becoming disruptive. Being prevented from participating in one's community is hardly conducive to promoting mental health.

    Sickening state sanctioned discrimination.

    Edited cause I managed to insert my comment into the quote.
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  3. LightHurtsME

    LightHurtsME Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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  4. Snowdrop

    Snowdrop Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    I do hope he sees justice and is vindicated.
  5. chrisb

    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    He should consider himself fortune that they did not send a big, hairy constable to seduce him.
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  6. Andy

    Andy Committee Member (& Outreach when energy allows)

    Hampshire, UK
    For some, that could be a perk of being an extremist.. ;)
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  7. Luther Blissett

    Luther Blissett Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    This all comes from the police being allowed to keep databases of what they call 'domestic extremists'. There is no such thing in law as 'domestic extremist', and the important point is that you don't have to have committed a crime to be included.


    Slide from Merseyside Police 'Prevent' presentation (in house document).

    The Network for Police Monitoring is currently bringing a case to the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) about this. Rejecting their appeal of the FOI request:


    There is currently an 'independent' inquiry into the activities of undercover police spies (currently collapsing due to the way the inquiry is being run).

    (SDS - Special Demonstration Squad)


    Remember when the Science Media Centre was getting advice from police who had experience with animal right's groups? What was said about us during the PACE FOI tribunal?

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