Over the last week across London there has been a series of demonstrations
and protests against the policies and programs implemented by the G20
We are taking to the streets to express our compassion with the family of
Ian Tomlinson who tragically died during the 1 April protests at the Bank
of England. We are calling for an independent public inquiry into the
instances of police violence that occurred thoughout the week and to
establish the true circumstances of his death.
We wish to communicate our disgust and anger at the violent and brutal
policing of the G20 demonstrations.
The press once again created an atmosphere of fear and violence in the
lead up to the protests, preemptively justifying the police violence that
occurred. They also misreported and lied about the circumstances of the
tragedy. We recognise that for many communities the reality of police
violence is a daily occurrence. The demonisation of communities, like the
demonisation of protesters makes police violence seem normal.
As the crisis deepens and continues there will be increased resistance -
from factory occupations to demonstrations, strikes and people coming
together on the streets. We need to speak out now to defend our freedom to
protest, our communities and our dignity.
Sorry but if your going to speak against 'police brutality' then you also need to realise that should you be recruiting ( not only a T&C condition
on ATS) but you need to make everyone who attends this 'rally' that ANY provocative action by the police against said 'protesters' should be met
with NO resistance, I.E if you get hit or touched by an Officer then you simply fall over and cry foul.
DO NOT FIGHT BACK under ANY circumstance otherwise your playing straight into the arms of the law, and you give them every right to batter you same as
I agree with you 100% A protest against violence should in no way, involve any violence, otherwise it's double standards at play.
Like I said to a group of trouble makers on the massive anti war march back in 2001/2 you can't kick off at a peaceful protest, protesting against
violence, cos it demeans what you're marhcing for, and is more than a little hypocritical.
Trouble is it doesn't matter what you march for , there will always be the rogue element who just go for the trouble, Best thing if you see someone
'kicking' off, is just to all step to one side , all point and shout " He is not with us, Hey Officer here's one", and laugh and jeer at them as
they go alone against the Police..
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