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After attempting to promote some wholesome fun with water guns, a 20-year old Essex native was arrested and charged with “encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offense” under a 2007 law called the Serious Crime Act.
Essex law enforcement officers claim that the man attempted to incite a flash mob and promoted the event through BlackBerry Messenger as well as a Facebook event page. The man was allegedly encouraging Colchester residents to gather for a city-wide water gun fight. The man was released on bail and has a court date on September 1 to face the charge.
A group of Iranian teenagers in central Tehran experienced a similar situation after being arrested for participating in a water pistol fight at a park. The group had promoted the event through Facebook as well. The students were arrested by the morality police, but released on bail two days later. The group is expected to be charged with publicly committing an act against Islam as well as insulting police officers.
Originally posted by AnonymousFem
What it is against the law now to have fun?
Oh wait yes it is even against the law to dance you know.
Pathertic, the UK is not longer a Democracy, it is Authoritarian State.
Originally posted by tncryptogal
So our mega Nerf battle we're planning on Labor day (in our own yard) can get us arrested?
It is indeed a sad day in this world...
Maybe the arrests were in response to a fear the wrong sort would show up and turn an innocent game into another riot. One bad apple can spoil the entire barrel. It's not right they arrested him. I thought they might start using the riots as an excuse to further ban pubic gatherings announced via social media. This is just the beginning
Originally posted by thesaneone
After everything that's been going on with the punks causing heavy problems I really can't blame them for reacting. The kid was trying to be clever and see how far he could test the government and they made an example.