This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Iain Duncan Smith Election Challenger Arrested Over Alleged Sticker

I don’t intend to vote for Class War, but I’m reblogging this because of the implications it has for all parties of the Left, and for popular protests generally. Clearly, the police’s over-reaction to someone putting up a simple sticker against IDS, or using foul language on their posters, shows how terrified the authorities are that they could lead to something far more serious. The unspoken fear here is the terror that Lisa McKenzie and her fellow protestors could start a riot. This also shows clearly just how unpopular IDS and his policies actually are, despite all his self-justifying guff and blather. They’re probably afraid of a repeat of the 2012 riots.

It isn’t just Class War that has been targeted in this way. If you read the ‘Rotten Boroughs’ column in Private Eye, you will find a number of cases over the years where ordinary citizens have been prosecuted and persecuted by their local authorities when they have campaigned against them for various reasons. These have included people, who have been charged for simply putting up posters in their own homes or businesses. And then there was the Green Party activist, who was arrested for putting up things the local Kipper didn’t like on his blog.

At the moment, these incidents, while a threat to democracy, haven’t yet undermined it. Heavy-handed policing is still being reported, along with the grotty treatment of citizens by petty bureaucrats with too much power and too little public spirit. The real threat comes from the government’s secret courts and their expansion of state surveillance, all under the pretext of keeping us safe from terrorism. How long before their provisions are expanded from ‘terrorism’ to include ordinary protestors, whom Cameron and his ilk judge to be threats to public order and their property? At the moment, we still have habeas corpus, so people can’t vanish. But the Tories and their Lib Dem enablers have passed laws which can set aside even that. The Nazi state with its concentration camps and ‘Nacht and Nebel’ disappearances await.

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lisa-mckenzie-arrestLisa McKenzie, who is standing for Class War  against Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford, was arrested last night in the latest petty police attack on the group’s election campaign.

Lisa was accused of putting a small sticker on a wall two weeks previously and thrown into the back of a van, hand-cuffed and held for hours.  She has been charged with criminal damage. The arrest took place at last night’s Poor Doors demonstration, the weekly picket of the luxury tower block in Aldgate where tenants in social housing are forced to use a different door to the rich.  According to one onlooker police insisted her arrest was nothing to do with the election campaign against Iain Duncan Smith.  They must think we are fucking idiots.

When Lisa and Class War recently went on the campaign trail in Chingford they were followed by police, repeatedly harassed and threatened with arrest. …

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2 Responses to “This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Iain Duncan Smith Election Challenger Arrested Over Alleged Sticker”

  1. jaypot2012 Says:

    One can only hope that IDS loses his seat and that the Tories lose the election…

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