As some of you may or may not be aware, London was the scene of some of the worst civil unrest seen in the UK for some time last night, with students
of universities ,colleges and schools , protesting about the rise in tuition fees. Having been "kettled" which effectively means having thier march
stopped, blocked in, and compressed, students decided to alter thier original plan, and rather than ending up in the area of Embankment, wound up
outside parliment, in Parliment Square. There they were subjected to hours of immobility, police charges on horse back, charges by police on foot, and
individual incidents of police brutality.
The police and the government here, along with the BBC , are attempting to make out that the students merely went beserk without provocation, forcing
the police to act, but witnesses who were there at the time report this very differently , pointing to the kettling or herding of the students by
police, and the fact that children as young as eight years of age, were made to stand in the freezing cold because of the kettling, as the flashpoints
of the violence that took hold last night.
The stark realities of the results of police tactics on the night were revealed this morning, when it turned out that one protestor was struck on the
head by a police truncheon, resulting in a brain bleed, which thankfully recieved emergancy treatment in time to save his life, and hopefuly his
solidarity of mind ( the fellow was a top student according to his tutors).
In what manner can this be called effective policing?? How is charging down a group of children, teachers and students,with police on horseback, with
riot shields and truncheons anything other than brutality ?
I understand all to well the need for the police to stand against people who go out to cause genuine and unprovoked damage to property , but what the
police did here goes further than that. They stopped a peaceful march, harrased the protestors, and then had the audacity to act confused about the
motives of those who kicked off in response to that.
They are tools and nothing more, there to protect the Prime minister and his cadre of megalomaniacs and ecconomic vandals, from a justly furious
David "Just call me Dave" Cameron spoke out against the protests, and particularly against an attack on the Prince Of Wales's vehicle last night, as
it came under attack with the Prince and his wife inside it. However, Mr Cameron refused to comment on the issues being protested about, and made no
mention of the fact that the unrest only begun once the police had started thier meddling.
Not suprising really though, since I have no doubt that he had a hand in deciding the policing tactic on this occasion. There is literaly a war
brewing on the streets of London right now, and the police are fighting the wrong side of it.
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