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concerns grow about aggressive security at Olympic games

24 April 2012

Following on from the granting of asbos against protestors concerns are growing about potentially over-aggressive security at the Olympic Games.

The Guardian has reported that two guards from the Olympic site’s security firm, G4S, attempted to clamp the hands of photographers who were filming the Olympic site, despite the footage being shot on public land.

The Guardian reported that one of the firm’s supervisors appeared not to know the difference between filming on public and private land, despite journalists being assured by the police that private security guards would be properly trained on photography laws.

G4S expressed concern that security checking areas were being filmed and whilst it is important to ensure that the Olympics pass safely without any security issues, organisers should be careful to ensure that the rights of those who wish to report the events or raise an issue about how the Games are being run are not unlawfully curtailed.

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