Ulster People’s Forum plans denial of service attack on PSNI and Parades Commission

A News Letter online article explains that the Ulster People’s Forum is taking a leaf out of the Anonymous movement’s hacktivism playbook and are planning to flood the PSNI and subsequently the Parades Commission with spurious 11/1 forms.

ulsters people forum [sic] leafletThe article quotes Ulster People’s Forum chair John Wilson:

The groups have decided to ask all Protestants to submit 11/1 forms if they are walking anywhere, even places such as the grocery store to their home, and ensure the PSNI are made aware of all groups of more than 2 people and they have sought notification from the parades commission.

It seems the move will force a speedy judicial review of the legislation which does not clearly define how many people or what constitutes a procession.

The catalyst for this prank is reported to be the suggestion that some of the flag protesters who have been arrested have been told by the PSNI that a procession is “two or more people on a road or footpath walking with a common purpose”.

It could all get terribly recursive if protesters go together in twos to hand in their 11/1 forms at police stations and need another four weeks prior to permit them to walk to the police station.

Perhaps people opposed to these spurious parades will apply (14 days in advance) with 11/3 forms to hold equally specious protests against specific shopping trips and marches to pick up the morning paper!

I wonder when the Parades Commission’s new IT system is due to go live …

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  • Morpheus

    Is this the level we are dealing with?

    Is the same Ulster People’s Forum who haven’t updated their website since the beginning of April? Who haven’t updated their twitter feed since February? Who have a grand total of 7 ‘Likes’ on Facebook?

    The DUP/UUP/TUV/PUP must be pappin’ it:
    http://ulsterpeoplesforum.co.uk/dbsec13/

  • UserAinm

    Alan come on now, these clowns threaten to launch a new show stopping campaign most weeks, literally none of which have had the desired effect.

    The News Letter online must have been looking to fill a few lines and certain fleggers are good steam for some copy.

    Obviously the proof is in the pudding but if I may I’m going to call it as all fart no shite.

  • Banjaxed

    Isn’t there an offence along the lines of ‘wasting police time’?

    But if they want to play silly buggers, surely a couple of blatters on their doors by a PSNI officer at 3:00 am to check that the forms were filled in correctly would put a stop to that sort of messing.

  • From what I’ve been told, it would be a first if the PSNI checked the names on the forms to see if they corresponded to real people.

  • Ulster Press Centre

    @Morpheus

    So only people who regularly update their twitter feed are entitled to protest for civil rights???

  • Reader

    Banjaxed: But if they want to play silly buggers, surely a couple of blatters on their doors by a PSNI officer at 3:00 am to check that the forms were filled in correctly would put a stop to that sort of messing.
    The UPF proposal aims to be vindictive and destructive, redeemed only by the certainty of utter failure. Your proposal looks like political policing and an abuse of power.

  • Neil

    redeemed only by the certainty of utter failure.

    True that. I wonder how they could deal with such a devious plan. Maybe something outrageously complicated like paying a minimum wager to sort through the forms and bin any of them that have Asda as the destination.

  • Morpheus

    “So only people who regularly update their twitter feed are entitled to protest for civil rights???”

    Civil rights? What civil rights are not currently protected? Freedom of speech? The right to vote? Due process? I do sympathize with those who feel they are not represented politically but I don’t think civil rights are being impeded.