Anarchists in Britain are plotting to kidnap senior police officers and subject them to a humiliating ritual in a bid to hit police morale.
The activists behind the Million Mask March, which brought chaos to the streets of London on Thursday night, circulated a document that told demonstrators to form “snatch squads” and single out senior officers to kidnap.
The Times reports that the manual, which has now been taken offline, was posted by a group claiming to be the British chapter of hacking group Anonymous.
One section says, called “citizens arrests,” says:
“Any police snatched should be: 1) Stripped of all clothing;
2) Painted with colourful body paint/dye that won’t come off for months;
3) Pictures/videos taken;
4) Then these pictures/videos posted on social media.”
The document says that this will cause “horrible embarrassment” and have a “demoralising effect” on the police. It tells anarchists that if they cannot use the officer’s own handcuffs to restrain them then they can use cable ties from any hardware store.
“Try to target leaders and high-ranking officers if you can as this will have more effect than targeting the pawns,” it adds.
The anarchists circulated the so-called “Occupiers Tactical Manual” before the Guy Fawkes Night march, in which demonstrators tried to storm Buckingham Palace and injured several police horses, including one that was left blind.
The violence of the demonstration was nothing new, but the emergence of the manual will fuel fears that the movement is becoming increasingly militant to the point of adopting terrorist tactics.
There are also fears about the police’s efforts to bring them to justice. The Telegraph reports today that three of the demonstrators who were arrested on Thursday have effectively been allowed to go free after refusing to give their names to police or the courts.
The men were brought before Westminster Magistrates Court and told to come back next year for trial. However, with authorities having no record of their names or addresses, it will be incredibly difficult to track them down again.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of London’s Metropolitan Police, said the protestors “have no right to hurt other people, they have no right to hurt animals, and they have no right to frighten the members of public that are wandering around.
“Protest by all means but don’t hurt other people in the process.”