Update on yesterday’s actions and *that* oil spill
So the day of mass actions has passed and there’s a useful list of what happened in this round-up blog post as well as loads of inspring and informative films over at climate camp tv.
There’s been plenty of debate (and mud-slinging) on the blog with the passionate arguments of outraged “law abiding taxpayers” being tackled by those who believe the protection of the planet is paramount and that the usual suspects of capitalism and the government are part of the problem, rather than the solution.
One particular issue that has caused outrage has the been ‘oil on the road’ story that appeared yesterday morning so it’s probably worth setting out Climate Camp’s position on this to hopefully clarify the situation.
The long and short of it is that having asked around, the Climate Camp media team don’t know anything about it and as of yet no one has taken responsibility for it. Furthermore, Lothian and Borders Police’s new release regarding yesterday’s actions does not directly connect the oil spill with Climate Camp. Read carefully and you’ll see that the paragraph about the oil spill makes no connection to the Camp, but rather passively states the Police’s involvement in dealing with a spill. The connection is implied with it being in a press release about the Camp but there’s no actual evidence presented to support this.
While some of the comments to the blog have suggested that the police claimed they traced the oil back to the Camp there has yet to be an official statement from the police on this and again no evidence presented.
People familiar with the way the police have handled Climate Camp and movements for social change in the past will be aware that a tactic often used by the police is to try to discredit us.
For example, ahead of the Climate Camp at Heathrow in 2007 police told the media that activists were planning on issuing bomb hoaxes to disrupt travel which wasn’t true.
Similarly the police told media that weapons were being confiscated from activists at Kingsnorth power station in 2009. Of course, these “weapons” included dangerous items such as toothbrushes, bike locks, solar charger cables and other every-day items (see the video above for more).
As ever, the media can be used to reveal the truth as well as conceal it.