At first reading I found this story absolutely atrocious, and if accurately reported it is atrocious. Politicising of the Police, exactly what we have been predicting and fighting against. Do not forget though, that we have only heard one side of the story so far, to carry out this kind of operation at midnight seems to me like there was a specific reason for it. The register of premises searched (if the premises were searched)., the search warrant(if one existed) and the authority for obtaining the warrant may all throw more light onto this situation., but as reported this is a situation that is not in anyone’s best interests and I for one would like to hear the whole story, not just one side of it.
(Not satire – I’m sorry to say.)
A female disability activist had her home raided yesterday by South Wales Police who attempted to intimidate her into stopping posting comments on Facebook critical of government cuts and specifically the Department of Work and Pensions and their attacks on the rights of disability claimants.
In her own words:
I’ve just had the police forcing their way into my flat near midnight and harrassing me about my “criminal” posts on Facebook about the DWP, accusing me of being “obstructive”. I didn’t know what in f**k’s name they were on about. They kept going on and on at me, it was horrifically stressful, and they only left after I started crying uncontrollably.
Interestingly, the activist says the police where informed about her activities by a leading member of the PCS union which represents DWP staff.
The police officers did not charge her. They clearly were just…
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