Parliament’s only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, has been arrested at an anti-fracking demonstration in Balcombe.
The former party leader was part of a group of protesters conducting a sit-in against energy firm Cuadrilla, which is exploring the feasibility of drilling for oil in the area.
Eyewitnesses said the Green MP looked shaken after her son was rushed away by police but that she remained at the sit-in. Later it was reported that she was arrested.
“They’ve stopped their exploratory drilling but as soon as we’ve gone they’ll start again,” Lucas told the BBC earlier.
“This isn’t just about Balcombe, important though that is, it’s about a whole new government policy to do with getting more and more fossil fuels out of the ground.
“The government is not listening so I think there are times when peaceful direct action can be legitimate.”
The police served a Public Order Act notice earlier, which allows them to take action if they believe a crowd could cause serious damage to property or disrupt the life of the community.
Demonstrators had blocked the B2036 between Balcombe and Cuckfield as part of a day of action which caused Cuadrilla to temporarily close the drilling programme.
Campaigners also forced their way into the company’s Staffordshire headquarters and others glued themselves to the London office of Bell Pottinger, which does the firm’s PR.
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Police Will Be Able To Read Everyone’s Internet Search History Under New Plan
UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the Internet search history of every single person in the country.
Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”
“Five years ago, [a suspect] could have physically walked into a bank and carried out a transaction. We could have put a surveillance team on that but now, most of it is done online. We just want to know about the visit,” he added.
It is likely that police are already looking at your online activity, but just want the power to do it legally. As we learned from whistleblower Edward Snowden, governments are very interested what their citizens are doing online, and they do have the technology to spy on every telephone call and Internet communication.
Police in the UK have been attempting to reach for these powers through legislation for years, but they have been blocked on multiple occasions. This new effort proves that they will not be giving up on getting legal permission for their spying programs.
MP David Davis told The Guardian “It’s extraordinary they’re asking for this again, they are overreaching and there is no proven need to retain such data for a year.”
Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the specifics of the plan during a meeting about the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
“I’ve said many times before that it is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, including the rights and wrongs of intrusive powers and the oversight arrangements that govern them without also considering the threats that we face as a country,” May said.
“They include not just terrorism from overseas and home-grown in the UK, but also industrial, military and state espionage.They include not just organized criminality, but also the proliferation of once physical crimes online, such as child sexual exploitation. And the technological challenges that that brings. In the face of such threats we have a duty to ensure that the agencies whose job it is to keep us safe have the powers they need to do the job,” she added.
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