Taking photographs of police officers could be deemed a criminal offence under anti-terrorism legislation that comes into force [today]. Campaigners against section 76 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, which becomes law [today], said it would leave professional photographers open to fines and arrest.
Taken at a demonstration outside the premises of 50%-state owned Israeli company Carmel Agrexco on 7th February, a demonstration attended by no more than 50 peaceful demonstrators and up to 200 policemen including police officers filming all those present.
The police officer was aware that his picture was being taken but decided not to smile for the camera when invited to do so by the colleague adjacent to him.
Carmel Agrexco is at the heart of Israel's colonisation and exploitation of Palestinian land. It exports fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from Israel and the Occupied Territories and accounts for 70% of exports of fresh produce from occupied Palestine. Britain takes 60% of its exports to Europe and Agrexco is the largest importer of illegal settlement goods into the UK, where it trades under the Carmel, Coral and Jaffa brand names.
A regular picket is to be found outside Agrexco's premises in Hayes, Middlesex. The aim of the picket is to expose its complicity in murder, theft and damage of occupied land, collective punishment, Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and other breaches of International Law to public scrutiny.
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