London 18 April postgame Confusing controversy at the "end" of today's london protest - at coming up to 4pm the police told us that we needed to pack up and move on by 4pm. Normally we raid until 5pm which suits us fine. This "change" to a 4pm end was a total surprise to all of us. After a minor earlier moment where we were told we couldn't blast music through megaphones, because we lacked a permit for amplified music. No problems with protest-voice though (chanting, etc.), so we moved to using them for that. The static PA units weren't approached about this - maybe they minded because megaphones are really directional? Then at 3.30pm, a WPC (female police officer) approached us and told us that "we had a permit until 4pm" and would need to start winding down. (quote is vague-memory only). This is deeply unusual, because we've never obtained, needed or been asked for a permit for our protests before - and as far as we're aware, a "permit for a static protest" simply does not exist. (Permits are needed here for marching, and also for amplified music) I spoke to the senior officer in charge of us and he's laid blame at Jim Moore (roughly, "he was told by his superiors that we had to pack up and move on by 4pm"). He didn't mention permits or anything of the sort - he was super-vague and wishy washy about the whole thing and it's left us fairly confused. (I have audio of that brief chat with officer on scene but it needs editing to clean it up a bit and I can't do that at short notice in the pub on this laptop.) Further enquiries will be made. General photos and stuff will also follow.