Anti-G8 protesters today threw out infamous journalist Andrew Gilligan from a meeting discussing tactics around the counter-G8 actions at the Dissent! convergence space at the Teviot student union. The former BBC Radio 4 Today correspondent now working for the London Evening Standard, who was at the centre of the war of words over the so called Iraq 'dodgy dossier' between the BBC and the UK government that led to the death of the scientist Dr David Kelly, failed to depart the packed 'Anti-Authoritarian Assembly' when journalists were asked to leave.
Instantly recognised due to his media profile role during the Iraq War, Gilligan, 36, was spotted taking notes and using a dictaphone and was given 20 seconds to leave by angry activists who particularly object to the coverage of anti-capitalist protests in the Evening Standard. When he refused, a large number of individuals simply escorted him from the building. Although his personal equipment was initially confiscated, it was later handed back. His diary is now being sent down to London.