Author remains defiant after being taken to Paddington Green police station

Blacklisted author Dave Smith in the back of a police van after being arrested in March 2015 © Guy Smallman

Blacklisted author Dave Smith in the back of a police van after being arrested in March 2015 © Guy Smallman

Blacklisted author Dave Smith has thanked supporters for their solidarity after he was arrested last week.

Dave was taken to Paddington Green police station on Wednesday night  after taking part in a peaceful protest outside the Construction News Awards in Park Lane, London.

He was released after six hours and charged with obstructing the highway. He appears in court on Friday.

 

Dave Smith said: “A massive ‘thank you’ for all the solidarity and support. 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 dare to protest about it, we get arrested.

“When I was arrested on Wednesday night, they were attacking our democratic right to protest. I was taken to Paddington Green police station, that was officially closed at the time and where the Met Police deal with terrorist suspects. I was charged with obstructing the highway and released at midnight.

“Half way through the evening, the attitude of the police officers changed considerably. Suddenly I was offered cups of tea and my lawyer was contactable on the phone (when they couldn’t get hold of him earlier).

“I imagine this was because of the solidarity from all those who called the police on my behalf. I must especially thank John McDonnell MP for repeatedly chasing the Met on Wednesday night. We often think that those little things make no difference. But I can assure you, it did to me. It gives a boost to know that comrades and friends are covering my back.

“If they thought that by arresting me, that we would go away, they were very much mistaken”.

* You can buy Blacklisted here.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.
Author avatar

Tim Lezard

Campaigning journalist, editor of @Union_NewsUK, NUJ exec member; lover of cricket, football, cycling, theatre and dodgy punk bands

Read All Articles

Related Articles