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Police Raid of UK Animal Rights Gathering 2007


The UK Animal Rights Gathering 2007 was taking place at a sanctuary in Kent last weekend. Over 200 people attended for workshops and discussions on various issues relating to animal rights, and to scoff Veggie's food. The entire event was peaceful and good natured, and made a mockery of a police who raided the site on Sunday.
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Beforehand the police had written to the owners of the sanctuary asking for it to be cancelled as they were concerned that activists would touch the animals and potentially spread foot & mouth. The owners refused but had already introduced bio-security measures.

From the start there was a police presence, though they were not popular with the locals as they were blocking the church entrance. Animal rights gathering have taken place at this sanctuary several times in the past and there has never been any bother bar the usual police overreactions.
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All in all, a good and positive gathering. See's ya next year.

Photo & Kent messenger report: http://www.kent-online.co.uk/news/default.asp?article_id=34918&startrecord=-1.#IND


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFa0DptQWdw

It was suggested early Sunday afternoon that a warrant was being sought to search the property, the police weren't prepared to say for what thus giving no one a chance to redress the crime in question which no one on site had any knowledge of and were unlikely engaged in given the whopping police presence. The 100+ citizens on the inside got on with the workshops and sanctuary chores and eating while the police appeared to fade away. We sussed this was to gather elsewhere for a debrief. An hour later they were back and loads of 'em. Well you have never seen the like! They marched in through the front gate (just one woman amongst 'em) in a long line one with lots of shoulder pips waving this bit of paper up front. Not a single one bothered to try and keep out F&M by cleaning their boots as each marched passed the bio security provided by the sanctuary. We had even discussed the need for this with them as and when they barged in to the party.

By now most of the activists on the in had taken seats in front of the main marquee, others filmed their efforts to spread F&D and their advance into the sanctuary they raided just a few months ago and also for no good reason and with no reward. They were looking for 'controlled substances' this time, they said. No one believed them. And they found none. The sniffer dog handler's time was wasted. But what a laugh we had! They looked utterly ridiculous! They were cheered and applauded through their raid, mocked. They maybe weren't all so deserving of ridicule cos they all clearly didn't want to be doing this and were on the face of it nice people but they were doing it so its their responsibility so they did deserve it.

Some were polite as they did their job, some were rude but they were all escorted out at the end of their invasion to a long slow hand clap. It was surreal. We were elated to see how such a simple meeting of minds could generate such interest from so many police forces and empowered by their fruitless search. This comical operation unsettled many of the village neighbours and enlightened excited and inspired those on site. They'll keep coming but so will we. Next years gatherings have just increased two fold on the back of this years event. Exciting times.

There's plenty more to come on this story. The press covered the gathering because of the police interest in it and there were photographers on site as the raid happened. We contacted them with updates as they happened.

For every action there's a reaction. Bring it on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCgtUcY4MV0

To update on the weekend's AR 2007 (UK) gathering at the FRIEND sanctuary in Kent. 200 lovely people from the UK and some further afield came together over the three days. The weather was wet on Friday and caught out the early birds and made for a potentially miserable weekend in a muddy Kent field, but by Saturday the rain had passed and the police lurking around the perimeter lanes and lay-bys were sending out some seriously negative vibes and giving any doubters the good side of the boundary a clear indicator that we are doing something right! Policemen had driven from Hampshire, Surrey, London and the Thames Valley for this gathering of animal friends.

It was suggested early Sunday afternoon that a warrant was being sought to search the property, the police weren't prepared to say for what thus giving no one a chance to redress the crime in question which no one on site had any knowledge of and were unlikely engaged in given the whopping police presence. The 100+ citizens on the inside got on with the workshops and sanctuary chores and eating while the police appeared to fade away. We sussed this was to gather elsewhere for a debrief. An hour later they were back and loads of 'em. Well you have never seen the like! They marched in through the front gate (just one woman amongst 'em) in a long line one with lots of shoulder pips waving this bit of paper up front. Not a single one bothered to try and keep out F&M by cleaning their boots as each marched passed the bio security provided by the sanctuary. We had even discussed the need for this with them as and when they barged in to the party.

By now most of the activists on the in had taken seats in front of the main marquee, others filmed their efforts to spread F&D and their advance into the sanctuary they raided just a few months ago and also for no good reason and with no reward. They were looking for 'controlled substances' this time, they said. No one believed them. And they found none. The sniffer dog handler's time was wasted. But what a laugh we had! They looked utterly ridiculous! They were cheered and applauded through their raid, mocked. They maybe weren't all so deserving of ridicule cos they all clearly didn't want to be doing this and were on the face of it nice people but they were doing it so its their responsibility so they did deserve it.

Some were polite as they did their job, some were rude but they were all escorted out at the end of their invasion to a long slow hand clap. It was surreal. We were elated to see how such a simple meeting of minds could generate such interest from so many police forces and empowered by their fruitless search. This comical operation unsettled many of the village neighbours and enlightened excited and inspired those on site. They'll keep coming but so will we. Next years gatherings have just increased two fold on the back of this years event. Exciting times


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