Don’t trust the Met

Absolutely disgraceful behaviour by the Met, they promised to show Fortnam & Masons protesters to safety – and then arrested them.

Campaigners for the tax-avoidance group UK Uncut have claimed senior police officers “tricked” them into a mass arrest after a peaceful protest inside Fortnum & Mason’s in London on Saturday.

Activists say they were given repeated assurances by a chief inspector from the Metropolitan police that they would be shown to safety after the protest, which she described as non-violent and sensible. However, when protesters left the luxury Piccadilly store on police instruction, they were kettled, handcuffed and taken into custody.

Their claims are backed up by footage, obtained by the Guardian, showing that, rather than being asked to leave, the protesters inside the luxury food retailer were told they were being kept inside for their own safety.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/28/cuts-protest-uk-uncut-fortnum

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