state control

Protesting against public sector cuts is not a crime - a statement by Haringey Anti-Cuts Defendants' Campaign

Anti-cuts protest outside Highgate Magistrates' CourtOn 24th February a rally took place at the Haringey Civic Centre to protest against local government cuts. The demonstration was called by the Haringey Alliance for Public Services, in opposition to the £41m cuts to local services, which include the closure of three residential homes and four day centres for older people, a 75-per-cent cut in the Youth Service budget and the cutting of 19 staff from the Parks services.

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As most may have noticed, there has been a recent increase in the number of police stop and search operations outside tube stations and in the streets. Under the protection of section 60AA of the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act or section 44 of the Terrorism Act, police carry out what are clear abuses of authority and intrusion in our personal lives. A now hackneyed terrorist bogeyman serves to justify any arrest, whether of anti-war and anti-capitalist protesters or of any remotely 'suspicious' individual. With the DNA database expanding to further layers of the population, state control - enhanced through science and technology - is turning us all into potential suspects, at the expense of hard-won civil liberties.

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Being stopped by the police can be pretty intimidating, so to counter that we've compiled this brief guide to your rights.

 

Before you are searched, the police must inform you of the following:

a) their name and the police station they work at

b) the purpose of the proposed search

c) the grounds for making a search

d) your right to a record of the search.

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The government's hoped for introduction of Identity Cards over the next few years is the latest in a long line of attacks on our freedom. But, this is one attack too far. Along with the cards which the government hopes we will all carry, they also want to introduce a massive database on everyone in the country. This database will include huge amounts of information on all of us. Information that government departments, police, the National Health Service and even private companies will be able to access. But individuals won't be able to see data held on themselves.

There is an active campaign against these cards and the associated database in Haringey and campaigns throughout the country. For information about the local campaign, get in contact with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Together we can defeat this vile piece of legislation!