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Mar. 30th, 2009 | 05:02 am

  • "During the anarchist rally at Speakers Corner yesterday a man in black appeared suddenly and emptied a bin bag behind the stepladder and motored off quick. The bin bag contents seemed to be about seven or eight small packages tightly wrapped in bin bags. Someone took a look at one and revealed a catapault. They were quickly kicked away under some fencing constructed for maintenance works. About 20 minutes later from some distance away a copper climbed over the fencing and ‘found’ the catapaults. Alert to what was happening film maker Greg Hall climbed the stepladder and warned of the potential fit up. Needle to say he ws pulled by the cops on leaving the Park. Luckily many independent photographers had witnessed the whole thing and Greg was released after being searched. This was about as clumsy a stitch up as youcould wish for. What more ‘finds’ await us in the week ahead?"
    (tags: funny protest)

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Rabbi Mindbender

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from: elijahdprophet
date: Mar. 30th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
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I assume a catapult is the same as a slingshot? Surgical tubing + y frame? I actually tried googling it but all I found were references to giant wooden rock throwers and aircraft carriers.

As an American it seems crazy to me that in an attempt to frame someone the police tried to catch them red handed with toys...

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
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And if this is about slingshots, WTF? Do I want to know what sort of criminal penalty attaches to owning surgical tubing on a y frame in the UK?

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
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And, I know you hate such acronyms but I'm LOLing a little over here because, as you know, I was much the Travian player last year and I can't see the word "catapult" without making crude jokes and puns. I'm ruined for life. Help me.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
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You could painfully bruise a cop in riot gear, if you hit them on the finger with a ball bearing.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
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It is a bit odd. I suppose that the idea is to just generally harass and give an impression in the media that these anarchists are just childish troublemakers. Also, if you try to plant, say, a gun on someone, you'd better do it well because their lawyers are going to take that pretty seriously. MI5 might do that but I wouldn't trust a copper to do it right.

This didn't get into the papers, probably because it was completely messed up, but the latest one is that they're holding a bunch of kids under the Terrorism Act because they were claimed to have "imitation firearms" (read: toy guns, or nothing at all), fireworks and "political literature". Doubt they'll be charged with anything though.

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Catapult

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
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We have an even better one down here in Devon. 19 year old doing graffiti - caught writing ANTIFA in a subway - apparently short for anti-fascist. Marched home where replica guns found and bits of fireworks. Suggestion that it is for G20 disruption. Quote by police from Guardian today:

"It's political, it relates to political organisations. It's not extreme but it's a different political view. It leads to motives and things like that".

So, there you are - motives are now officially a police matter!
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