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Welcome To The Security Games

by Kevin Blowe

This is a piece I wrote for Peace News - an edited version appears in its next issue.

With weeks to go before the start of this summer's London Olympics, a sense of foreboding has descended on many of the people who, like me, live and work in Newham in east London, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse parts of the capital. This anxiety, shared even by those who are enthusiastic about the spectacle of the Games, has been raised by the stories over the last six months about snipers in helicopters, missile launchers on tower blocks and RAF fighters in the skies during the Olympics and repeated predictions that it may be almost impossible to leave the borough during peak periods. People speak of feeling trapped by the arrival of an event that seems more like an invading army of occupation than a welcome visitor.


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We Are All Simon Moore solidarity statement

Solidarity with Simon Moore by  attendees at Save Leyton Marsh Campaign's Defend The Right To Protest meeting: Photo: @copwatcherSolidarity with Simon Moore from attendees at Save Leyton Marsh Campaign's Defend The Right To Protest meeting: Photo: @copwatcher


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You can't make it up!

Being filmed next to Draper's Field. Security guard told us we couldn't film Olympic sites. Told him we were on public land. He called the police who agreed we could film but said hoped we understood why the guards were worried. Took film crew's details. Said if anyone climbed in they would know where to come!


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Prison Diary of a Games Monitor Contributor

Security Fence: While in jail I couldn't help noticing the similar aesthitic of the prison and the Olympic enclosure which is surrounded by 17.5km of electric fence, on which there are 900 day and night vision cameras   © Mike WellsSecurity Fence: While in jail I couldn't help noticing the similar aesthitic of the prison and the Olympic enclosure which is surrounded by 17.5km of electric fence, on which there are 900 day and night vision cameras © Mike Wells

An Olympic Prison Diary

Prisoner Number A6379CN
HM Prison Thameside
Somewhere in South East London

Introduction
This diary was written by Mike Wells while incarcerated in Stoke Newington and Leyton police stations, and then in Thameside prison. Mike Wells was arrested after an incident which occurred on Leyton Marshes, site of a contentious Olympic construction project. He is currently free on bail. His bail conditions state that he should not go within a certain distance of a certain Olympic venue. His bail conditions last until his trial is over. The trial date has been set for the last day of the Olympics. He could be imprisoned for a breach of these bail conditions. He will answer a charge of common assault with a not guilty plea. He is a journalist, writer, photographer, and film maker.

Prison Diary
No way of knowing if it is day or night unless you ask and are told what time it be. Ten minutes or an hour, or three, time stands on its head...


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Another Fishy Olympics Photography story!

A fish enthusiast's allegedly hostile reconnaissance of a fish tank attracted the hostile attentions of a security guard at the 02 shopping centre in north-west London.


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olympic defence

@brianwhelanhack Shoot your own missiles over east London, flash game - "tomscott.com/olympics/


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new olympic competition: hacking the olympics

Anonymous are chatting about the possibilities for engagement, as flagged up in this quite good piece in HuffPo:


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A misleading picture from Andy Wilkes

.: No Photography. G4S Temple Mills Lane. May 2009No Photography. G4S Temple Mills Lane. May 2009

There is an ongoing stand-off between Olympic security guards and photographers with the Old Bill playing coy referee. There is a recent discussion about these issues on the British Journal of Photography blog

Andy Wilkes pitches in with his comment on 24 Apr 2012


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Protesting is good if you're dead!

It seems Danny Boyle plans to celebrate law breaking protest inside the Olympic stadium even as the police and politicians are clamping down on the same outside!


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Preemptive Arrests Planned for Olympics Protesters?

By Tim Hardy

Olympics Clock on Trafalgar Square: Photo: @DSG_DSGPhoto: @DSG_DSG


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