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I personally helped organise military support primarily for surveillance, but occasionally for infiltration . . . against . . . the “hippy convoy” . . .
This is where Castlemorton comes in, as this massive unplanned event triggered the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 . . .
Castlemorton Common Festival was the result of an action by the Avon and Somerset Police in May ’92 when they tried to end the Avon Free Festival, an annual festival which had been held for several years. Thousands of travellers and ravers heading to the area for the expected Festival were pushed into nearby communities during “Operation Nomad” conducted by the police. An estimated 20,000 – 40,000 people gathered on Castlemorton Common and held a free party that lasted a full week. The media interest sparked by this served to increase the numbers in the crowd, making it impossible for the police to close it down.
The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was the first serious expansion of the powers to take samples, particularly non-intimate samples – which included mouth swabs and saliva in addition to hair samples: both of which provide DNA information. Such samples could be taken without the consent of the individual if he is charged with a recordable offence, a significant advance on the earlier requirement that the individual is charged with a 'serious arrestable offence'.
At the center of it all, and the ringleaders behind the entire event, was, of course, Spiral Tribe
Thirteen members of Spiral Tribe were arrested immediately after the Castlemorton event and subsequently charged with public order offences. Their trial became one of the longest-running and most expensive cases in British legal history, lasting four months and costing the UK £4 million . . . After being acquitted of all charges relating to Castlemorton in March 1993, the group moved to Europe . . .
To say the event spiralled out of control is an understatement.
originally posted by: AaarghZombies
a reply to: Kester
Weren't a lot of these "festivals" completely illegal events where underground dj would break Into warehouse or set themselves up in a farmer's field and cause thousands of dollars of damage?
They were very destructive, and left local residents terrified as thousands of drunken or drugged up teens would pull up and start partying out of nowhere.
The english rave scene was infamous for these flash mob events in the early 1990s, they weren't woodstock. Or even close to it. No restrooms, no security, and no attempt to stop open drug dealing.
originally posted by: solve
Many of these peaceful alternative scenes are just some weird dimensional Nazi experiment projects.
Give me the heebiejeebies.
originally posted by: PorteurDeMort
The Gestapo stand out like a sore thumb.