Saturday 24 March 2007 4.54pm
The colossal waste of money and massive infringement of civil liberties that is the ID card and database rumbles on. The interrogation centre that will serve the whole of London - and further afield - will be based in E&C, probably in Hannibal House. There's going to be a (short) rally against ID cards outside HH on Monday night at 7. For anyone who's interested - here's the email I received:
Guy Herbert wrote:
ID-day - the fightback against the database state begins here.*
My apologies for the short notice. Although we designated 26th April as ID-day several weeks ago now, and local groups in Scotland and the rest of England have settled their demos for a while, we have been revising our London plans behind the scenes as more information came to hand.
Finally, last week the Identity and Passport Service came usefully clean with two announcements:
First, interrogations begin in May - they are running behind their original schedule.
Second, the London Interrogation Centre will be at the Elephant and Castle, a safe distance from the Victoria headquarters of the IPS. (We
expect, though it is not yet confirmed, that it will be in Hannibal House, a vast government office building that houses several
In the light of this we are holding a rally at the Elephant and Castle on Monday evening from 7pm on, outside Hannibal House. It is a simple
symbolic assembly with a press call to announce a month of protest leading up to the revised start date of interrogations:
"ID-day - the fightback against the database state begins here."
Of course we'll be pressing the message of "Take A Hike, Tony" that people, particularly young people, should get a passport before the new
system is in place. And we'll be demonstrating to the press how you can "Show them you're not a number" by sending an anonymous picture of your
face to 60300 with the word "no2id".
If you can give half an hour of your time to show *your* support, then please do. All that's involved is being a face in the crowd. Though you might wave a placard (provided), or flourish a mobile-phone at the appropriate moment. That will help dramatise that millions of real
people like you, won't become numbers without a fight.
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