lots of confusion
police copter over camp
people gathering at front gate
copter flying around camp
3:04 helicopter now left
just annoying us? keeping us jumpy?
3:07 helicopter can still be heard in distance coming back to camp
3:08 back over camp now
3:09 police lighting towers just went off
screams at gate
3:11 not sure whats happening
barricade being formed
helicopter still circling
riot cops numbering off at gate
3:18 all riots cops now got back into their vans at main gate and driven off
just a few cops still at gate
calmed down, although a good chunk of the site is now awake
scum of the earth
The decision to use these methods cannot have been taken by the local Plod. My view is that this would have to be approved at a higher body than Plod, MI5, SIS, perhaps?
What it demonstrates is that the UK government and its agencies are now willing to use Gestapo tactics against people going about lawful business but whose views they see as presenting a risk to the state. Fascism in the UK 2008.
I wonder where they are operating that chopper from? Does that airfield have a licence to operate during the night? Even if it has special dispensation for police helicopters I would imagine they would expect it to be used to catch criminals etc and not to intimidate peaceful protesters.