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one person arrested as activists blockade a nato conference in the united kingdom

To greet delegates to a NATO conference that started yesterday, activists hung banners off bridges near the venue and temporarily blockaded the event. Police had to escort cars into the conference. One protester was arrested, apparently for violating the Public Order Act. According to Chloe Marsh from Smash EDO,

Senior NATO and member state officials, parliamentarians, and defence and security experts – responsible for untold death, illegal torture flights, and wars purely to protect Western interests – are gathering right now in Steyning. We are here to oppose them.

Smash EDO is a campaign against the arms trade. Activists have carried on a long-running campaign specifically calling for the closure of EDO, a US-owned arms company that has a factory in Brighton, England.

campaigner wins court battle to have information removed from extremism database

In a landmark decision this morning, a Court of Appeal in the UK ruled that the retention of information regarding campaigner John Catt in the National Domestic Extremism Database was unlawful. Last year High Court judges had ruled against Catt. According to today’s BBC article,

Mr Catt began legal action after he discovered details of his protests against EDO, a US-owned arms company which has a factory in Brighton, were being held on the database. The data at the centre of the case included records or reports made by officers policing protests by the group Smash EDO. The group has carried on a long-running campaign calling for the closure of EDO…

In the U.S., such a victory would also be notable. Yet activist attorney Kiko Martinez successfully settled two federal lawsuits in 2007 related to the inclusion of his name on an FBI terrorist watch list because of his political beliefs. He received $106,500 to settle the lawsuits, which he filed after officers stopped him in three different states without reasonable suspicion or probable cause.