City Hall faces questions over contract with spy firm gathering intelligence on protests

City Hall is facing questions over its decision to hire a private spy firm to monitor upcoming protests across the capital. Welund, a company that identifies “politically-based threats” to its clients, is currently providing intelligence to the Mayor of London’s operations unit so they can plan ahead and tackle demonstrations that aim to disrupt London. It was signed months after climate activist group Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) two-week autumn protests resulted in 1,828 arrests, costing the Metropolitan Police £37m.

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