The story behind the posters everywhere saying police are "really racist"

“We caused the 2011 riots by shooting dead an unarmed civilian and then lying about it. And we got away with it.”

So says one of the full-height bus-stop adverts that’s been springing up around cities across the UK, emblazoned with a doctored police logo with the words “City Racist Police” stamped over it.

Another read: “You’re 28 times more likely to be stopped and searched in London if you don’t have white skin, because we’re still really racist.”

There are photos circulating on Twitter that seem to show police cordoning off the posters. Some bystanders are saying that they have been asked by police not to take photos of them.

Now we know who’s behind the provocative posters: STRIKE! magazine.

The counter-culture mag focuses on “politics, philosophy, art, subversion and sedition”, it says on its website.

STRIKE! has announced via Twitter that it was behind the campaign – well, it’s admitted to designing the posters, at least. It’s claiming ignorance over who put them up.

Since then, it’s been posting links explaining its thinking for the posters.

You can find out more from STRIKE!’s posts here:

Clear Channel, which owns the advertising space, has said that it will remove the posters as they are not part of an official campaign.

Readers' comments (2)

  • This seems to be more of an advert for STRIKE!.
    Why? It seems to combine a simplistic worldview with language that makes UKIP look restrained.

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  • @DanielSteel - I don't think so, unless you're actually in the position of victim you many not fully understand what it feels like to be stopped and searched and harassed simply because of who you are. If you are white (and white British to be more precise) you may just assume that the police are doing their utmost duty to protect you and to exercise due diligence in the process but what may sound like due diligence to the White British community may be outright harassment to other communities who may feel corralled and harassed fir different 'stereotypical' reasons. It is not a good feeling to be in that position and that's what sparked the riots. This is not to say that riots are a good thing but you can only keep the lid simmering for so long...

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