It is over six years since the undercover policing scandal broke, creating shock that the police could commit such abuses against social, animal, and environmental justice campaigners in our country.
Public outrage at the scandals around undercover policing led to the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Two years in, it is still in its preliminary stages, beset by police delaying tactics, and applications for secrecy. The police have so far avoided giving any information about their abusive activities. People who have had their lives turned upside down by infiltration are no nearer to knowing the truth. We are no nearer to knowing the extent of the ongoing abuse of our democracy.
The police have asked for yet more delays and the Inquiry are having a hearing to take opionions and make a ruling. It is a crunch time for the Inquiry – will it acquiesce to the police’s dodging of acocuntability or will it at last prise open the lid and reveal the truth?
Everything we know about spycops has come from the activists, journamlists and whistleblowers, the state has given us nothing.
It is people like you, taking a stand for your right to campaign for positive change without being abused by the state, that will change history, making sure these abuses come to light and are prevented from ever happening again. Without public support, the police may get away with hiding what has happened, and be able to continue their abuses.
The hearing starts at 10am, Wednesday 5 April.
What can you do?
Can’t make it on the day?