Anarchists Detained by Counter-Terrorist Police on Return from Swiss Conference

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://www.afed.org.uk/blog/state/316-anarchists-detained-by-counter-ter... Federation UK</a>

<p>For the past week, thousands of anarchists from across Europe have been converging in St.Imier, Switzerland to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Anarchist international. The gathering took the form of a festival and educational, with music, films and entertainment as well as workshops and discussions.</p>
<p>On returning from the St Imier gathering, two anarchists, one a member of the UK Anarchist Federation, were detained for nearly two hours at Heathrow by SO15 (counter-terrorist) police. During the detention, the anarchists were told that their normal rights did not apply, and had their names, addresses, email addresses, DNA and fingerprints taken. The detained anarchists were also forced to sign forms – which may or may not be legal – waiving their rights to silence and a solicitor. Police also conducted a thorough search of personal possessions, photocopied literature and passports and took information from phones and cameras.</p></td><td><img title="You all realize we are enemies of these people, institutions, and paradigms, right?" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/afeduk.jpg"></td></tr></tab...

<p>During the detention, the police constantly accused the anarchists of lying about involvement in criminal activity and alleged that they would be conducting follow-up police action against one of the detained anarchists. In addition to this, SO15 officers asked a number of inflammatory, irrelevant and offensive questions, including ‘what would you do if someone raped your mother?’ evidently in an attempt to cause emotional upset and illicit angry or violent responses. One member (28) who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals from the police, said "We were treated like criminals. I told them I went to the congress as I am an amateur journalist and I write articles about activism. They saw my note book, camera and Dictaphone but they said I was lying. One officer said 'You said you are an anarchist, I've seen anarchists on the news, they are violent, throw molotov cocktails and disrupt people’s lives not write articles'".</p>
<p>The counter terrorist officers either didn't know or chose to ignore that, during the first day of the gathering, the International of Anarchist Federations (Of which the UK Anarchist Federation is a member) had issued a statement rejecting all terrorist tactics as a means of achieving an anarchist society.</p>
<p>In contrast to the actions of the UK security forces, the local press and residents in St.Imier reported very positively on the anarchist gathering.</p>
<p>With this incident, we are seeing a further slide towards political policing and the criminalisation of political ideologies. The two detained anarchists have not had any involvement in any illegal or violent activity, or any activity that would concern the counter-terrorist police. As in the past, when Metropolitan police called on people to give information about local anarchists (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/31/westminster-police-anarchist-wh... Anarchists should be reported, advises Westminster anti-terror police | UK news | The Guardian</a> ), anarchists suffered harassment for their political viewpoint.</p>
<p>As class-struggle anarchists, we believe that the state does little except serve the interests of the rich and powerful at the expense of ordinary people. This is seen clearly when people who hold views critical of the state are treated as criminals and terrorists. We seek to create a classless society, based on freedom, equality and co-operation. We believe in the capacity of ordinary people to run society themselves, without the interference of bosses or politicians. This incident was not in response to any crime and constitutes repression and criminalisation of a political ideology.</p>
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<p>Editors Notes:</p>
<p><strong>Anarchism</strong> is a political philosophy that seeks to build an egalitarian society in which mutual aid, co-operation and direct democracy replace capitalism and the state.</p>
<p><strong>The St Imier Congress</strong> was a gathering of anarchists from all over the world to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the first international anarchist gathering in the Swiss town of St Imier in 1872.</p>
<p><strong>The Anarchist Federation</strong> is a federation of class struggle anarchist-communists in the UK who seek to build an egalitarian society.</p>

Comments

surprise. staters gonna state.

& bourgies gonna bourg

I denounce International of Anarchist Federations for their attempt at non-terrorism related masturbation in Switzerland. I wish to distance myself from these people to make them an easier target for the state.

yeah I don't know how they defined terrorism but just using the word in that way reinforces oppressive power structures.

AFed is sooo whack. Remember that shit with the riots and that other shit where they disclaimed solidarity with anarchist militants? I'd put AFD up against the wall myself if I could. It's a pleasing convenience the UK state might beat me to it.

Anarchists who encourage others to maintain tactical divides are now looking for some solidarity?
There is some irony in there somewhere.

Adding some irony is that in my understanding IFA is supposed to be a synthesist federation respecting different anarchist tendencies and seeing them as complementary.

Alright, little bit o strategy for yall.

We are against every state, yes? Therefore we are enemies of every state. The state will actively work to ehem eliminate us and suppress our action, yes?

So.. why the fuck the mass, widely publicized convergences and conferences? Why not butter ourselves up, put an apple up our asses and hand deliver our bodies to the state on a silver platter, en masse?

Because we just have to show people we exist and what our ideas are and they will flock to our organizations and ask us to help them abolish the capitalism. Duh.

This is why we should encrypt our hard drives.

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