Media Hype whips up frenzy ahead of G20 protests
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Yesterday’s reports of a foiled “terrorist plot” in relation to the G20 protests in London have been scaled back after it was revealed that the house raided by police contained only plastic guns and fireworks.
“The three men, aged 25, 19 and 16, and two women, both 20, all live in Plymouth and the surrounding area,” reported The Guardian.
“They are political activists unaffiliated to any terrorist organisation, and were arrested at addresses in Plymouth. They are being held under terrorism legislation. The explosive devices were made from simple fireworks, police said.”
Nevertheless, police have called in Royal Navy bomb disposal experts to deal with the weapons.
The police have also said that they recovered “allegedly extremist materials”, without further expanding on what they might be.
“At a press conference at Crownhill police station in Plymouth, Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said the investigation was sparked when a 25-year-old man was arrested for spray-painting on a wall in Plymouth city centre – but would not comment on the nature of the graffiti,” reported the Press Association.
It has since come to light that the graffiti read ‘Antifa’, which is the name of an anti-racist movement that advocates the use of violence against extreme right-wing groups.
The youths, who were initially arrested on drug charges, are now being held under the terrorism act.
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