Report your local anarchist

Cory Doctorow over on Boing Boing brings us to the attention of the following:

The City Of Westminster Counter Terrorist Focus Desk publishes a weekly briefing on safety called Griffin Weekly, full of useful advice. For example, this week’s briefing contains these helpful tips on Anarchism: “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local Police.”

In the comments that ensue, there is a fun (read: boring) back and forth in which communists and progressives race to see who can make anarchism seem the most infantile, but there are some real gems. David Smart, however, wins:

Seeing this news this morning made me burst into tears. Today is my 21st birthday. I just spent an hour and a half of it in my local police station. I suited up and put on a V mask, which really freaked out the coppers when I refused to take it off. “HANDS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS” etc. Apparently they don’t understand the value of anonymity, despite the fact that “we’re always suspicious of people” (direct quote). I asked if I was breaking any laws, and said I had information on Anarchism as requested in this Griffin publication. They said they wouldn’t talk to me unless I came in with them, and I couldn’t come in unless I took off the mask. I maintained a high degree of civility the whole time but refused. There was about half a dozen of them around me; eventually a more senior policeman said I could come in with the mask on.

(read the rest of his anecdote on boing boing.)

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