Camera pointed at fire engine used as stage for speakers throughout
The Liverpool Against the Arms Fair (LAAF) protest on Saturday calling for the cancellation of the ‘AOC’s ‘electromagnetic dominance’ weapons event to be held at the city’s ACC convention centre was attended by thousands, who marched through the city perfectly peacefully and heard rousing speeches from an array of speakers including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and former front-bencher Dan Carden, actress Maxine Peake and representatives of the city’s Palestinian and Yemeni communities.
There was a significant police presence managing traffic along the route, but everything passed – unsurprisingly – without incident nd in a good-natured fashion. But there was one potentially sinister aspect of the event.
Throughout the speeches at least one police officer had apparently been detailed to film the speakers, with a camera pointed at the fire engine being used as a makeshift stage throughout the proceedings:
Not filming the crowd, where authorities might argue they want to help identify anyone who might start trouble, but at the speakers – recording what they said. Orange epaulettes denote an ‘evidence gatherer’ and the cap worn by the camera-officer lacked the usual checkerboard side-flashing seen on Merseyside Police armed officers:
Whatever the officer’s unit, the fact that the authorities were making their own recording of what was said by a group of peaceful anti-war activists, including elected MPs, raises ‘Big Brother’ concerns.
Merseyside Police has been contacted for comment.
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