longlaner wrote:I was very struck by the large number of people who turned up with their cameras, seemingly with the express purpose of capturing images of "police brutality". The police will never gets things quite right in everyone's eyes, but my impression was certainly not that the police "caused" the problems.
sputnik wrote:the protesters were a mixture of ages, races and backgrounds. Whilst many were young, I met a number of middle-aged to senior citizens, some of whom had been made redundant recently, therefore it is not fair to say all present were middle class students
sputnik wrote:the police caused the violence
Zoe wrote:I'm a little suprised that people are objecting to demonstrations because it caused inconvenience. Lots of things are inconvenient in London, it can be a very annoying place to live, but in a democracy the right to demonstrate is just that, a right, and people are allowed to do it, even when it's annoying. I wish more vigourous action was taken against people who are doing things that are meant to be illegal, such as ignorant illegal parking, or not cleaning up after your dog (a major crime in my eyes, and a problem everyday, not on just one day).
I do like the idea that Longlander got the impression that the police didn't cause the problems. Where do you get that impression from, our wonderful unbiased media?
The police indicated they were looking for a fight by saying that the demonstration was going to be violent. This meant that those of us who want to demonstrate peacefully didn't go, as we know the police would get nasty at the first sign of any trouble, and trouble makers were going to go, the police warning of trouble was red rag to a bull for them.
There was a completely unviolent demo on Saturday against the G20, but I bet you didn't hear much about that once the media worked out there wasn't going to be any trouble, they want some sexy violence to report on, not people being boring and peacefully demonstrating, they've got Madonna's adoption to report on instead, so much more important.
Sorry, I'll stop ranting now!
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