Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Briton charged with planning water fight

Source: Press TV

A British man will appear before a magistrate court next month after police tracked down plans for a Colcestor water fight being propagated on social networking sites.

The 20-year-old was arrested Friday after Essex police discovered the plans circulating on the BlackBerry Messenger service and Facebook, British media reported.

The arrest came as the country is handling a huge influx of prisoners and court cases after the unprecedented unrest that rocked Britain.

The government was assigned by the Prime Minister David Cameron last week to investigate whether social networking sites played a role to instigate the public to engage in criminal activities.

The unnamed man has been charged with "encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence" under the 2007 Serious Crime Act, police said.

He was arrested with another 20-year-old man the day the water fight was allegedly due to take place, and has been bailed to appear before Colchester magistrates on September 1st. The second man was released without charge.

An event with the same agenda was held in Iran last week during which security forces arrested several boys and girls over a water fight at a seaside park in the southern parts of the country.

Western media outlets, including the British newspapers and their websites gave a vast coverage to the event in Iran with the aim of questioning the country's dealing with youths and the so-called human rights issues which they have always used as a tool.

Now, a fortnight later, in Britain, police have charged a man with conspiring a water fight gathering on his Facebook page and through text messages. This is democracy, British style.

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