indymedia access point for dsei protests
door into imc access point
indymedia mobile satellite node
The police showed regular interest in the hall and seemed a little shocked when the satellite kit was unloaded - "what's this, it looks like communications equipment?!" they also threatened to use section 44 of the terrorism act on that occasion, and later did use it against people seting up the access point.
There were some quite sublime moments, such as the time when GR began dismantling their big orange cardboard tank to carry it outside the hall and load it into a van... the forward intelligence team (FIT) officers began reporting furiously into their radio and taking notes, and before you could say 'threat to national security', two riot vans were on the scene, a police helicopter hovered above the hall and a senior police officer visited in person to check on the situation - excessive policing - nah!
It was a great learning experience, made all the more exciting by the participation of imc'istas from local collectives around the country, as well as those abroad who ensured reports filtered to other indymedias around the world. The next time something big like this comes along we'll be even better prepared, and can set up a much bigger fully functioning media centre.
Well done everyone!