City of London Police news
Thursday 5th May 2016
Between 12:30 and 14:00, 16 supporters of the Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign held a small protest on London Wall. The group had a small placard with the wording “Hands off AMADIBALAND”. They also dropped a banner on the bridge over London Wall which read “No Mining AMADIBALAND”. Other banners read “War on Want “and “Markiana Mining Solidarity Campaign”. The group held a peaceful protest throughout, with no policing issues reported
There are no significant events of note for the following week.
UK and domestic
David Cameron is to reveal tough new laws to clamp down on extremists as details emerged about covert propaganda schemes to combat the lure of Islamic State in the UK. The Prime Minister will announce new powers to ban organisations, gag individuals and close down premises used to “promote hatred”, in measures to be included in an Extremism Bill in the Queen’s Speech on May 18, The Times said. Meanwhile the Home Office defended the work of the Research, Information and Communications Unit (Ricu), challenging the “warped ideology” of IS, also known as Daesh, which included activities carried out in secret away from “the media glare”.
Isis maybe making chemical weapons Reports according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, A global watchdog, has warned that there are ‘extremely worrying’ signs that ISIL is making its own chemical weapons, and may already have used them in Iraq and Syria. The watchdog’s leader Ahmet Uzumcu said there are now ‘strong suspicions’ that ISIL has deadly toxic materials at its disposal. He also warned the international community to be vigilant should the extremists attempt to use such weapons in a terror attack on the West.
Kenya The BBC reports that police in Kenya have arrested a man they say was in charge of a “terror network” that was “planning large-scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack” of September 2014 in which 67 people were killed. In a statement, the police said that Mohammed Abdi Ali, a medical intern at a Kenyan hospital, was also part of a group planning to “unleash a biological attack… using anthrax”. Two other suspects are on the run, police said. According to investigators, the terror group linked to Ali has been engaged in the active radicalisation of university students and other Kenyan youths.
Syria Female jihadis from Europe are being trained to fight on the battlefield for the first time by ISIL, Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, has warned. Wainwright said an “increasing number” of women are being radicalised and females now account for a third of the outflow of extremists to the Syrian conflict.
No significant news to report