Organising to fight state repression was the theme of the Defend the Right to Protest national conference last Saturday. Some 200 people came to the event at the Soas university campus in central London.
Helen Steel, from the Police Spies out of Lives campaign, spoke about her experience of being in a relationship with an undercover cop. She said it was “a deliberate process of emotional manipulation” and “the systematic actions of the state.”
Marcia Rigg, the sister of Sean Rigg who died in police custody, spoke alongside Liberty Louise from Justice for Leon Briggs campaign.
Rob Evans, Guardian writer and author of Undercover, spoke about police surveillance.
At the closing plenary Reverend Sekou from Ferguson, US, where Mike Brown was shot and killed by cops this year, spoke over Skype about the fightback there. He said the shooting was like a “modern day lynching”—and that struggles around the world must be brought together.