Within just a couple of hours of the news that the police had closed down the fitwatch website the piece which so offended the sensitive flowers has been blooming across the internet.
Fitwatch are a loose organisation who for several years have narked off the filth by exposing, blocking and challenging the Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT), the branch of the police used to spy on and harass protesters. If you’ve ever been on a demo or even at a community festival or football match then you may have noticed them pointing a camera at you because they’re too scared and lazy to be proper coppers.
After last weeks events at Millbank during the student demonstrations fitwatch.org.uk published some advice for those worried they had appeared in the press and may face arrest. The piece called Beating police repression after the student occupation can be read on this blog and now, thanks to the bungling Met a growing number of sites across the internet.
The fitwatch site was shut down on request of Acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson from CO11. Early reports suggest that this happened due to a request from the police to the site’s host complaining the site may be involved in perverting the cause of justice. This is a worrying development. Whilst we will doubtless know more tomorrow, as yet it does not seem a Court Order has been issued, which means the filth are now bullying internet hosting companies into removing material which upsets them.
The good news is that the offending piece, now being much discussed on twitter can be found at:
and here: http://norfolknonaligned.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/beating-police-repression-after-the-student-occupation/
and also at
as well as UK indymedia, Bristol indymedia and Scotland indymedia as well as being linked to on facebook pages, republished in forums etc.
And of course google.
All in just two hours, please join in, republish and show the Met the internet will not be censored. Add links to anywhere else you’ve spotted it in the comments below.
UPDATE: 12.45pm Tuesday 16th November
The post is now also available at:
Fitwatch have said they ain’t going fucking anywhere and will be back online soon, in the meantime you can catch them on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fitwatch/103821345868