Judge condemns police over Oxford lab protest

Posted on the 1st June 2007

Fourteen SPEAK campaigners who took part in a peaceful protest against the proposed Oxford University animal labs have walked free from court after the District Judge condemned Thames Valley Police for unlawfully stopping their protest last July.

A dictaphone recording was heard during the trial of foul-mouthed conversations between officers. A superintendent was heard to say of the SPEAK campaigners ‘… we have to prosecute the shit out of them’. Another officer declared: ‘The problem is the protesters do not realise how powerful the university is…’

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