as the celebs (including anita roddick, vivienne westwood, annie lennox and bianca jagger) posed for press outside parliament, a plucky group of nine activists staged a blockade by locking-on to heavy concrete props, stopping traffic in parliament square. it took police several hours to finally free the activists. they were all charged with 'obstruction of the highway', and 'unauthorised demonstration', and will appear in court on the 29th march.
later on, cnd held a rally in the square, 'authorised' under sopca from 6pm to 8pm. cyclists passing through dressed as fish were violently stopped on the public road by police and dragged into the square. despite socpa warnings, some cyclists continued their protest without arrest, and this was the police theme of the evening - violence and intimidation (using socpa as the reason) to clear people from the square, but no actual arrests. one female child was held by throat pressure points and an older man was thrown to the ground and suffered a suspected back injury. modern socpa policing!
the film is just over twelve minutes long and is also available in quicktime mp4 format here shortly
recommended viewer 'vlc', widely available, is free for both mac and pc
original report and pics from the lock-on at http://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/03/365111.html
"Members of the media have a duty to take photographs and film incidents and we have no legal power or moral responsibility to prevent or restrict what they record. It is a matter for their editors to control what is published or broadcast, not the police. Once images are recorded, we have no power to delete or confiscate them without a court order, even if we think they contain damaging or useful evidence."
"Photographers being arrested to seize evidence" claim at NUJ Photographers' Conference"
Nine blockaders in court on 27 March, 10am Horseferry Road. Support welcome.
Next Aldermaston blockade 10 April.