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. . . we chose not to include footage of people throwing stones for several reasons:
Firstly, when the police fire tear gas, we are also there, getting gassed. Like the rest of the crowd, our attention is very much in the direction of the threat. This montage reflects our focus, on police violence.
Secondly, we don’t want to put anyone on film doing things that might jeopardise their safety, or be used against them. We always try to avoid filming people in the camp anyway (unless they specifically request to be filmed), because most people don’t like that intrusion. We try to avoid filming people in situations like the ones in this footage specifically because we also don’t want cameras facing the crowd to inhibit people taking action.
This video is not the whole story, but then, a lot of what makes up the struggle for the freedom of movement is invisible and remains powerful by being that way.
To those who say that the behaviour of the police in such situations is self defence, we say this is a backward logic. The idea that people throwing stones is equal to the violence backed up by the weight of the state is ridiculous. Just in the last week, several people we know of have ended up in the hospital with injuries either directly or indirectly caused by tear gas or rubber bullets. Throwing stones in these situations is self-defence.