Today, the Lush campaign returns to shop windows across the U.K.
The decision to suspend the window campaign last Friday was made by Lush, for the safety and well-being of their staff. In some stores, they had been subjected to aggressive behaviour and verbal attacks from angry critics. Like other #spycops campaigners, we condemn the bullying and harassment of people in their work-places.
As we and Lush have been saying ever since Friday, “the conversation continues” – we are campaigning as hard as ever, and have been boosted by all the public support that we’ve received.
The manufactured ‘controversy’ led to Lush’s latest window campaign becoming front-page news, and many more people learning about the shocking #spycops scandal for the very first time.
We want the truth
We are victims of what has become known as the “spycops” operation, and their legal representatives and supporters.
In many of these secret undercover operations the police have admitted to violation of human rights, abuse of police powers and causing significant trauma, including inhuman and degrading treatment breaching article 3 of the European convention of human rights.
We are pressing for the current public inquiry into undercover policing to ensure that there is full disclosure of what took place, including who was targeted, by whom and how.
Without this full disclosure there is no way of knowing the full extent of what happened during the dark years of this secret policing operation.
The cosmetics retailer Lush has used its facilities to help us as victims press for full disclosure and reform so that this never happens again. This is not an attack on police; it serves to help all those in the police service who wish to uphold the highest standards of policing.
For this we thank Lush for its support. We condemn those who have misrepresented Lush and our campaign and especially those who have sought to intimidate Lush staff.
Sir Pitchford (the first Chair of the Undercover Policing Inquiry) announced this “strategic review” over a year ago, once it had become clear that the Inquiry would take longer than the three years originally estimated for it.
We have waited until today to learn of the Review’s contents. In his foreword, the current Chair of the Inquiry, Sir John Mitting, tells us that this is not a consultation document; he has very little interest in consulting us or listening to what we say.
He goes on to tell us that even if we, the Non-State Core Participants, decide not to participate any further in the process, “the Inquiry will get as close to the truth as it can without them”.
An application for a Judicial Review of the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute former undercover police officer Jim Boyling has today been lodged by one of three women deceived into a sexual relationship by him whilst he was deployed to infiltrate environmental and social justice protest groups.
The claimant, granted anonymity by the Undercover Policing Inquiry, goes under the pseudonym of ‘Monica’ and was deceived into a relationship by Boyling in 1997.