Report: Occupier Kept Off Flight Home for Christmas for Carrying "Anarchist" Literature

Susie Madrack flagged this item on Raw Story, adding: "I find it oddly reassuring that the British security state is just as insane as ours:"

A protester associated with Occupy London was barred from boarding his flight home to Malaga for Christmas because he was carrying “anarchist” literature, according to a report in the U.K. newspaper The Independent. The demonstrator was kept off the flight because the pilot worried that he would distribute literature and “upset” other passengers.

Police claimed that John Charles Culatto, 34, was “acting suspiciously” when he stopped to talk to other passengers. He was taken into custody as security officials contacted Ryanair, the airline with which Culatto has booked his flight.

Culatto claims he heard security personnel using the word “terrorism” as they searched his belongings. When he arrived at the gate, airport security refused to let him board, saying that the flight’s captain had determined that the protester might disrupt the flight by distributing leaflets to other passengers.

The airline denies the charge, saying they kept him off the flight because he'd been delayed for an hour by security.

AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at December 30, 2011, 1:45pm

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