Dave Smith charged with obstructing the highway after protesting at Crossrail sacking at Construction Awards
Blacklisted author Dave Smith was last night arrested as he took part in a peaceful demonstration against Crossrail.
The arrest came as a group of around 40 protestors gathered outside the Construction News Awards in Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.
There was a heavy police presence at the event because the protestors had announced their intention to blockade Park Lane.
Photographer Guy Smallman told USi News: “There was a group of protestors outside the awards, which was attended by companies blatantly involved in blacklisting.
“There were more police there than usual, It seemed it was pre-planned. People went out to cross the road, and then the police went straight out and made a beeline straight for Dave. The impression I had was they had clearly been given orders to nick the one who liked like Alf Garnett.
“Dave was being very polite, but the police didn’t give him the opportunity to explain what he was doing. They just grabbed him – him alone – cuffed him, and put him in the back of the van. They very specifically targeted Dave.”
Dave Smith was taken to Paddington police station for six hours, after which he was released on unconditional bail.
He said: “A massive ‘Thank You’ for all the solidarity and support tonight. When multinational construction firms sack our safety reps and collude with the police to blacklist union members, they get away scot free. But if we protest about it, we get arrested.”
He will appear in court on March 27th, charged with obstructing the highway.
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