Monday, May 18, 2009
London Guardian writer Charlie Skelton has further detailed the constant harassment and stalking he has been forced to endure for daring to cover the 2009 Bilderberg meeting near Athens.
A somewhat distressed and emotionally exasperated Skelton has filed a fresh report explaining how he has been consistently followed around and spied upon by undercover police (pictured opposite) and government security officials during his time in Vouliagmeni, Greece.
“I came to make a few cracks about Bilderberg and ended up getting sledgehammered in the nuts.” Skelton writes, referring to the fact that his initial posts were written with a lighthearted and comical approach.
The situation quickly turned serious for Skelton however, once the secretive elite confab kicked off.
He has been arrested twice for attempting to take photographs close to the Astir Palace resort, inside of which 150 or so of the world’s most influential powerbrokers have been trading words and strategies for the past four days.
Skelton relates how he has been threatened by his stalkers and has even gotten into a scuffle with two of them.
“I have been stalked and harassed by Greek government security, I have hidden from them in stairwells, challenged them in the street, tried to arrest them, and been lied to by them.” he writes.
Skelton describes how he has approached different police departments around the city to demand answers on why he is being hounded, and how he has even seen one of his stalkers inside a police department.
Despite also visiting the British embassy after fearing for his safety, Skelton has been completely stonewalled by the authorities.
He repeats the words spoken to him by a police captain in Athens:
“No, I don’t think you have a problem. They only follow you to see where you are going. I think they don’t want to harm you. And if they do want to harm you, I’d sooner they don’t do that in Athens.”
“They follow you from police station to police station. They know that you have informed police that you are threatened. They are more careful now.”
Read Charlie Skelton’s full dispatch at the Guardian here.