It is over seven 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. Three years in, just ahead of when it was scheduled to publish its final report, it has yet to begin. Beset by police delaying tactics, people who have had their lives turned upside down by infiltration are still waiting for answers. We are no nearer to knowing the extent of the ongoing abuse of democracy.
On Monday 20 November the Inquiry is holding another preliminary hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Starting at 10am, it is scheduled to last three days. It will cover the ability to refer to spent convictions when the inquiry takes evidence, and the applications for anonymity by former spycops. Somewhat ominously, it will begin with the new Chair, Sir John Mitting, using his first public hearing to give ‘a statement on the future conduct of the Inquiry’.
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.
We will be outside the Royal Courts of Justice from 9am on the Monday 20 November.
Come along to the picket and stand with the core participants to support their demands that the Inquiry releases the cover names, and opens up the files on people who have been spied upon.
Spread the word with the Facebook event.