Plaid AM Bethan Jenkins has uncovered that 64,000 Welsh young people are now on the national DNA database – that’s more than 1 in 5 people between the ages of 10 and 17!
Are 1 in 5 of our kids criminals? Of course not. But Welsh cops have been on a DNA thieving-spree for the last 10 years, and have already doubled the number of people whose “genetic fingerprint” is being kept on record, irrespective of whether they’ve committed a crime.
Spurred on by a right-wing media which demonises young people as criminal hoodies, and aided by more than a decade of Blairite policies which have given the police unprecedented powers, the cops are now completely out of control. Those who agree with this biological identity theft say that it helps catch murderers and solve ‘cold cases’ – this just doesn’t wash as an excuse to catalogue the DNA of children. The only possible reason for storing the DNA of so many innocent young people could be the extension of our surveillance society, and normalising and extending state control over the lives of coming generations of adults.
Last year there were more than 264,420 on the database overall; many are innocent and have never been charged with anything, but their sample will be kept for life. The annual number of samples taken by Welsh police forces was twice as high as in 2006-7 as it was a decade ago.
If you are interested in fighting back against Big Brother and the growing power of the police state come along to a meeting of the South Wales Anarchists, and we’ll fight back together.
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