Thursday, May 14, 2009
The comedian covering the Bilderberg meeting for the London Guardian has been detained by authorities in Athens, Greece after taking a photograph close to the site of the annual elite gathering.
Charlie Skelton has also personally contacted the Infowars team to clarify his position and explain why he is approaching the issue from a comic angle.
In Skelton’s third article in today’s Guardian, he details an encounter with armed Greek police close to the Astir Palace resort near Athens, during which he was menaced, asked to identify himself and was and eventually detained after photographing the sea view.
Again the approach Skelton takes is a comical one, however, he maintains that his detainment was very serious:
Over came the man with the machine gun. Over came the man with the special mirror-on-a-stick for car bombs. It was the first time in my life, and hopefully the last, that I’ve been intimidated by a mirror on a stick. They circled round me. One of them, the one in the photo with one hand up and the other on his pistol, kept prodding me in the shoulder, and shouting “Give the camera! Just give the camera!” All around me: “Delete! Delete photos!” followed by a lame tug of war for the camera with no great self-belief on either side, which I won.
Then it became: “Get in the car!” Get in the car!” I wasn’t about to get in the car. I remember saying: “One of you has a machine gun, you’re shouting at me, I don’t understand why, I took one photograph, this all seems a bit strange. What’s going on here?”
Skelton says he was then taken to the police station and asked to delete his photo, which he refused to do. Eventually the police allowed him to leave.
We covered Mr Skelton’s dispatches in our article yesterday, pointing out that the Guardian’s intention seemed to be to belittle the importance of the meeting by creating a comedy out of it.
However, Mr Skelton has since contacted us to explain that he is a fan of Infowars and that this is the only way he could draw any attention to Bilderberg in the mainstream media.
Indeed, his latest piece seems to play up the fact that the mainstream media should be covering the event but, as ever, is nowhere to be seen, as this extract demonstrates:
And then it struck me: there really ISN’T any fotografia. There’s none. Not a single member of the mainstream press. Not a single newshound camera on a tripod. Nothing. Nothing is happening here. Nothing to report.
The limousines have started to arrive. Nothing to report.
They’ve closed off an entire peninsula. There are roadblocks. Machine guns. Nothing to report.
This is Bilderberg’s 57th annual meeting. Nothing to report.
Susan Boyle plucks eyebrows! Finally, something to report.
Mr Skelton has agreed to appear on the Alex Jones show today to further clarify his opinions and discuss his detainment at the hands of Bilderberg.