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Police continue to target protesters

12 May 2009
The police are continuing to hound people involved in the demonstrations against Israel’s murderous war on Gaza in January this year.

A step forward for civil liberties over stop and search

12 May 2009
Police have had their power to stop and search people without reasonable suspicion suspended. Section 44 of the Terrorism Act gave police the power to search people without an expressed suspicion.

Deaths in custody: ‘The police think they can walk all over people’

05 May 2009
Samantha Rigg-David’s brother Sean Rigg died in police custody in Brixton, south London, on 21 August 2008.

Police stop and search of black people rises 322 percent in a year

05 May 2009
Shocking statistics released by the home office last week revealed just how far stop and search is systematically used against black and Asian people.

Police facing growing pressure over tactics

05 May 2009
The Metropolitan Police Authority is under growing pressure over its operation around the G20 protests and the death of Ian Tomlinson shortly after he was pushed and assaulted by police in central London on 1 April.

Activists refuse to let police off hook

28 April 2009
The campaign to win justice for Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed by police at the G20 protests in London, sprang into action last week.

Infiltration tactics being used against protesters

28 April 2009
Shocking revelations about police monitoring and infiltration of protest groups emerged last week.

Miners recognise police tactics at G20: ‘These are old tactics’

28 April 2009
‘In 1984 and 1985 my husband was a striking miner. I was a member of a women’s support group, helping in the food kitchen and taking part in women’s picket lines and demonstrations.

Protecting the Nazis

28 April 2009
The police also have a long history of protecting Nazis while attacking anti-Nazi demonstrators – from Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts in the 1930s to the National Front in Lewisham in 1977. It continues to this day.

The police are the strong arm of the state

28 April 2009
The police have been integral in implementing New Labour’s "anti-terror" legislation – from extended stop and search, bungled house raids and the slaying of Jean Charles de Menezes.

A history of repression and strike breaking

28 April 2009
From the working class demonstrations of the Chartists in the 19th century to the anti-war and anti-capitalist movements today one thing has remained a constant – police repression.

The police are an enemy of the people

28 April 2009
The death of Ian Tomlinson during protests against the G20 in London on 1 April has made thousands of people question the true nature of

Disband the riot squads

21 April 2009
The Territorial Support Group (TSG) police riot squad used its full might to crush protests in the City of London on 1 April, with tragic consequences.

Truth slowly trickles out about Ian Tomlinson death

21 April 2009
More state lies about the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in London came unstuck last week as the second post-mortem, commissioned by the IPCC, returned a verdict that Ian died from an abdominal haemorrhage—internal bleeding.

Police under pressure as more lies over G20 revealed

21 April 2009
The police in Britain – and London’s Metropolitan Police in particular – are on the defensive over their handling of the G20 protests in London earlier this month.

It’s time to demand the truth behind police lies is uncovered

21 April 2009
The 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster has led to renewed calls for official documents relating to the day to be made public.

Blair Peach: killed by police

21 April 2009
Monday 23 April 1979 was a stormy day in west London. Schools were still on Easter holiday. Ealing’s arterial Uxbridge Road was strangely quiet because the buses were on strike, as were many food and textile factories.

G20 death: Ian Tomlinson’s second post-mortem reports ‘abdominal haemorrhage’

17 April 2009
Ian Tomlinson died not long after being hit and pushed by police at the G20 protest near the Bank of England on 1 April.

New evidence of police violence at G20 protest

17 April 2009
The sequence of images above paint yet another disturbing picture of the events surrounding the G20 protests. They were shot just after the police had regained control of the area around the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Don’t let police off the hook

14 April 2009
"No justice, No peace" was the rallying cry of campaigners last Saturday as they marched for justice for Ian Tomlinson.

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