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(guardian.co.uk) Protest groups claim Facebook has taken down dozens of pages in a purge of activists’ accounts

Activists are claiming that dozens of politically linked Facebook accounts have been removed or suspended by the company in the last 12 hours.

The list of suspended pages include those for the anti cuts group UK Uncut, and pages that were created by students during last December’s university occupations.

A list posted on the UCL occupation blog site says the Goldsmiths Fights Back, Slade Occupation, Open Brikbeck, and Tower Hamlet Greens pages as no longer functioning.

It is not yet known how many websites have been affected in total or why they are not working. Facebook is currently looking into the issue.

Guy Aitchison, 26, an administrator for one of the non-functioning pages said, “I woke up this morning to find that a lot of the groups we’d been using for anti-cuts activity had disappeared. The timing of it seems suspicious given a general political crackdown because of the royal wedding.”

“It seems that dozens of other groups have also been affected, including some of the local UK Uncut groups.”

Earlier, it was reported that the Metropolitan police had invoked special powers to deter anarchists in central London ahead of the royal wedding.

Police threw a section 60 cordon around the whole of the royal wedding zone on Friday morning to respond to anarchists masking up at a small gathering in Soho Square in central London.

The section 60 order allows police officers to stop and search anyone without discretion. The police also imposed section 60a, which gives them the power to remove masks and balaclavas from anyone within the area.

Scotland Yard said the decision was made after individuals were seen putting on masks in Soho Square where a group of anarchists had gathered.

The Guardian is awaiting a comment from Facebook.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/29/facebook-activist-pages-purged

(freedompress.org.uk) After the raids on squats and social centres in London this morning [see here] ahead of the Royal wedding, and Brighton earlier in the week, the police this evening have arrested at least three people we know of as a precaution against trouble at tomorrow’s royal wedding. Chris Knight, the outspoken and eccentric academic who has been providing the press with much of the coverage against the royal wedding, [see here] is one along with two others.

Another, known affectionately as The Executioner because of his habit of wearing a full executioners costume on anti-monarchist demonstrations, was arrested for apparently ‘conspiracy to cause a breach of the peace’. Given that breach of the peace is a situation rather than a criminal act, it will be hard for the police to justify detaining someone in prison for the duration of the royal wedding on such a basis.

Breach of the peace has been defined in law as needing to be ‘imminent’ to legally justify holding someone against their will. As far as we are aware no-one has been charged with a criminal act.

The raids this morning of several squatted social centres around London provided no evidence that anything was being planned by any anarchists for the royal wedding. The pre-emptive arrests tonight of known individuals seems to be the second phase of a political policing operation to ensure the ceremony passes off without opposition.

Source: http://www.freedompress.org.uk/news/2011/04/28/royal-wedding-pre-emptive-arrests/

(anonnews.org) Sony’s Playstation Network, its online service for Playstation 3 and its Playstation Portable consoles, suffered from a major outage today; which is on going as of this writting. According to Son’ys blog, the interruption in service may last into the long weekend – for at least another “full day or two”. Sony released a statement through its EU blog, saying that the network outage may be a result of “targeted behaviour by an outside party”, brining in the possibility of cyberattacks. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the message has since been removed.

While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves AnonOps wa not related to this incident and takes no responsiblity for it. A more likely explination is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous’ previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact the outage is accutally an internal problem with the companies servers.

 TL:DR

Sony is incompetent.

Source: http://anonnews.org/?p=press&a=item&i=848

(Democracy Now!) Military officials have announced alleged whistleblower U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, who is suspected of leaking classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks, has been cleared to be held as a medium security prisoner at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was just transferred. Up until last week, Manning was held in 23-hour a day solitary confinement at a Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia. His treatment at Quantico was condemned by Amnesty International and led to a probe by a torture expert at the United Nations. We speak to Salon.com legal blogger and constitutional law attorney Glenn Greenwald, who revealed in December that Manning was being subjected to detention conditions likely to inflict long-term psychological injuries.

Watch it here:
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/29/glenn_greenwald_obamas_comments_on_bradley