From the looks of the video, it doesn’t seem like there are any “terrorists” present.
On Monday, London Police raised eyebrows by issuing a notice that classified Occupy London protesters as terrorists in the same category as al-Qaeda. The document was called “Terrorism/extremism update for the City of London business community” and according to The Guardian “included a detailed account of recent and upcoming Occupy London activities and was sent to ‘trusted partners’ in the area.”
The “trusted partners” were of course big businesses, whom the police warned: “As the worldwide Occupy movement shows no sign of abating, it is likely that activists aspire to identify other locations to occupy, especially those they identify with capitalism.” They warned that they had “received a number of hostile reconnaissance reports.”
In a potently poetic gesture, Occupy protesters convened in the basement of an abandoned office building once owned by multinational investment banking firm UBS and threw their own version of an office Christmas party. The night’s highlights were DJ sets from Thom Yorke and Massive Attack, but a video posted at The Guardian show there was some type of gift exchange, dancing, and general holiday mirth had by all.
Hardly the picture of hardened terrorists on the same level as al-Qaeda that the London Police’s “hostile reconnaissance reports” would have us believe.
Watch a video from the party at the Guardian.