why was this man immune to arrest?
you can read an indymedia report of the afternoon at http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/08/320116.html
today in court, four of those arrestees appeared. the fifth, ann clancy, is unfortunately ill and police have agreed not to proceed with the case.
during the course of today, in talking to those arrested, other witnesses, and watching police video footage of the afternoon, a mystery has emerged. two more people were arrested and escorted to the waiting vans, but both these people have since completely disappeared from the record. after being driven off in the vans, they were clearly released without charge. why was this? who were these people? what singled them out for special leniency? what is their connection, if any, to the 'stop the war coalition' and or the police/security services?
one of them was a sudanese woman, who spoke on the megaphone at times, and who was otherwise wearing a black gag across her mouth. she also wore a black and white headdress. i have no picture of her, but she was always near the megaphone and was clearly visible on police videos of the action. the other was the man pictured above, being arrested. who is he? does he have any affiliations that you know of? i think we should know!
the court case of the four continues at bow street tomorrow, and may possibly run into a third day. i will report on that when it is finished, but in the meantime can anyone help identify these people? or perhaps you ARE one of these people and can come forward with your record of the events of the day. your help may affect the outcome of this or future socpa trials and appeals.