despite a huge police presence, they managed to enter king charles street, and the clowns staged an excellent die-in before being arrested for 'suspected criminal damage' (thought to be the washable fake blood they spilt on the pavement). some fake blood was also spattered across one of the the doorways of the foreign office. another person was arrested 'for sitting on the pavement'.
currently (9.45am) around forty protesters are penned in by large numbers of cops including tsg (tactical support group / thugs), and it is thought they are all likely to be arrested for 'participating in an unauthorised demonstration in the designated zone' (socpa) and police are trying to find enough cell space.
itn news were there so there should be some media coverage at least on local london news at lunchtime. the demonstrators were entirely peaceful throughout (doh - it's an anti-war demo - geddit!). although police were heard to claim they were holding people because of a risk of 'serious public disorder').
Readers might be interested in our press release of Thursday 10th August commending activists in Derry for their occupation of the local base of American arms manufacturer Raytheon.
"Five arrested in 'blockade' of Foreign Office"
Yes, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was blockaded for about forty-five minutes between 8.45 to 9.30. We blockaded the main gate forcing civil servants to walk round to the back, passing the banner and gauntlet of clowns. From 8.00 to 8.45 the blockade was at the head of King Charles St. below the arch.
The comments so far have been slightly negative in tone. Personally, and speaking as someone who has been on a number of awesome actions, this was a very self-emporering blockade, well-executed, with good communication amongst blockaders and all round fun and effective.
We made a joke of their SOCPA legislation, and the cops looked like class clowns throwing a loose pen around people trying to leave for them to just decide to leave five minutes later.
All round an amazing action. As one friend said, "The best thing I've done on a Monday morning for a very long time!"
Two of them were offered food containing ingredients they are allergic to, despite telling the custody officers of this when asked if they had any specific dietary requirements - the officers in question seemingly unacquainted with the Met's new found focus on Health & Safety.
Mary N B | 21.08.2006 23:18