The Ecologist Film Unit’s second release documents how espionage, news manipulation, legal threats and even violence have become the knee-jerk response of Government and big business to the increasingly vocal concerns of environmental protesters in the UK. Ahead of next month’s Climate Camp at Kingsnorth power station, this exclusive and powerful film exposes the extraordinary tactics being used to reframe concerned citizens exercising their right to protest as dangerous terrorists.
The link above has a far better quality video than the embedded youtube, which is adequete if you press ‘HQ’.
We’ve been seeing the police and various companies doing similar dubious actions against protesters in New Zealand. This type of activity by police against peaceful protest diminishes the support that that the police receive. It appears to be fueled by misconceptions of what protesters are. In my experience protesters are highly peaceful and heavily legal – just look at how they always turn up at court and generally defeat police charges. Being legal is more than you can say about some of abuses of police powers that have been used on protesters.
Hat-tip: Greenpeace NZ