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April 26th, 2015


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09:19 pm - Answer for question 4338.
Have you ever had any run-ins with the law or been arrested? What happened (if you feel comfortable sharing the story)?
Ha! Yes. On more occasions than I can remember. (Literally. I lost count at something like twelve.)

Most of those times were legal protests and the police were being heavy handed, and the charges were dropped. A few times I ended up with injunctions telling me where I can and cannot stand in Oxford or London. (A police man overheard me having a conversation in France where I described something as being 'perverse', and thought I was telling people that the business we were protesting was run by perverts. Unfortunately the judge believed the monoglot policeman.) And there was one occasion when I was arrested and sentenced for good cause, and I don't complain about that one.

But for the most part, it seems that protest is legal in theory in this country, but that in practice you get hammered so hard that, even if you win on appeal, most activists give up out of sheer exhaustion. It is not nice spending up to three days in prison without charge, even knowing that you will later be vindicated.

There is a lot more I could say on this subject, but in my experience people are often arrested as a political measure, rather than to keep the peace.

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From:seabroth
Date:April 26th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I haven't had anything exactly, but once the airport security detained me because they thought I was trying to bring drugs along with me/run away from home (just because I had two suitcases for a ten-day trip and they asked me why I had two and I said one had presents for friends... also heaven forbid that in the age of internet and penpals I go visit someone I've never met in person before).

Other stuff is just like, my sister got into a LOT of trouble all the time when growing up, she'd run away from home, lie to the police and say my dad was beating her, stuff like that. So the police used to come by or say she needed to be picked up at the station a lot, when I was little : / (then my parents divorced and she didn't live with me but I imagine the problems continued since she does drugs now...)

I've been to a few protests in Iceland but the police just stand there to make sure no one goes really crazy (and no one does, except that one time when someone threw a rock and everyone was shocked and it got all over the news, or something), so they sort of just stand around and tell drunk people not to cause problems for the other protestors.

Here in Sweden the police are really nice and friendly, it's just been stuff like "hey some old man is missing have you seen him" and "oh the road is closed because of this reason", they don't have this "police" or "authority" or "unkind" vibe in ANY way lol, which is good for me since I'm scared of authority in general. The grocery store security guy is more scary than the real police haha.

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