openDemocracy revealed that environmental campaigners were ‘spied on’ ahead of a London mayor event at the O2 arena
Video footage obtained by openDemocracy shows a plain-clothes security official at the entrance calling out the campaigners’ names as they approach, but refuses to tell them who he is working for. Another clip also shows an O2 security guard admitting he had received “intelligence” about the green campaigners.
Activists in the group said they had wanted to ask London Mayor Sadiq Khan questions about plans for the Silvertown Tunnel, a new toll road under the River Thames. One told openDemocracy she felt as though she had been spied on when she was identified at the O2, while others worried that the group’s communications may have been infiltrated.
The investigation was achieved through a combination of interviewing campaigners, obtaining video footage, sending freedom of information requests and data protection requests, which showed how information about campaigners was shared between Khan’s Greater London Authority, the O2 and another company which was a “security services provider” for the O2.
- Exclusive: Environmental campaigners ‘spied on’ ahead of Sadiq Khan event, opendemocracy.net, 02/02/2023
- Greater London Authority "spied" on campaigners, youtube, 03/03/2023
- Gold mining firm accused of ‘espionage’ against UK activist, opendemocracy.net, 07/03/2023
- How spying on campaigners became mainstream in the UK, opendemocracy.net, 10/03/2023
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