On Monday night we received notification that our site had been
suspended due to “attempting to pervert the course of justice” due to
our posting offering advice to the Millbank students. Whilst the
email requesting the site be closed on the basis it was being used
for “criminal activity” came from DI Paul Hoare, from the Police
Central e-crime Unit, the authorisation to close was given much
closer to home, by acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson.
Hodgeson, who was involved in the first Fitwatch case, and has sat
through many of our trials and appeals, evidently finally had enough
and decided to shut us down.
However, through totally underestimating the power of social media,
this pathetic attempt has failed miserably. Within minutes of
networking what had happened, people were re-publishing the post
anywhere and everywhere. There are now over 100 sites carrying the
original post – we haven’t managed to count them all. We have been
overwhelmed by the support and solidarity and send massive thanks to
everyone who’s offered to help and reposted the information. If we
haven’t replied personally, it’s only because we’ve been inundated,
and haven’t had time.
This was a real attempt to squash dissent and criticism of the
police, as well as attempting to stifle common sense advice to
protesters subject to a witch hunt by the right wing press. The
solidarity given by so many people has ensured this hasn’t happened,
and has shown we can fight back. Even if we were to be arrested and
prosecuted now, we would still be grateful to CO11 for the amount of
publicity they’ve generated for us.
We’re back, and we’re stronger than ever.