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12th December 2010
Following Thursday’s student demos, the press and the blogosphere have had plenty to chew on.
This post is in response to a post from Peter Reynolds and his carefully selected picture – http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/brutal-police-thugs-shame-our-nation/
Peter might have used this picture below instead. Why didn’t he?
I have one or two other pictures here too for Peter. But he may not like them as much as the one he’s so inauspiciously singularly, some might say judiciously chosen.
It is clear that at least some, perhaps many of the students’ number went to these demos with malice aforethought. There have been four such demonstrations already.
At the November 12th demo, at the Conservative HQ in Millbank Tower in London, a REAL student, not an infiltrator, threw a fire extinguisher from atop the building into the group of Police standing below. The Police were struggling to try to protect the already seriously damaged building (Telegraph report)
At another London demo on 24th November, a policeman smiles patiently at the cowardly face hidden behind a mask. Masks, like burkhas and other pieces of camouflage, should be banned in a freedom-loving democracy. Rip ’em off, and photograph them, PLEASE. (See UK Reuters report here)
SHUT DOWN LONDON
Then prior to the latest demo held this Thursday, 9th December these posters were available online, with some extra wording, available to followers . The full, choice wording can be seen at this site.
“Shut Down London”? Hang on, I thought this was a demo, not a takeover of the capital!
But it’s good to know that self-defence is no offence according to these Usurpers of London. The Police will have taken note.
These students can’t say they were not warned of violence from within their number. They were even warned by the MET Police. Of course the Met’s warning was no more than scaremongering, wasn’t it? The students were all sweetie-pies.
The normally sensible Michael White at the Guardian can make light of the students’ behaviour if he must. He can even insinuate in mellow tones that the wrecking, damage and violence was only the work of a few. The rest of us can actually SEE what happened.
Why, you might wonder, is this post titled Part One? Because the above three pictures weren’t from Thursday’s demo, but from the demo of 25th November.
And here are NINE more images from the 25th November “protest” –
Presumably we are expected to smile sweetly as we ALL count the cost of these clean-ups?
If you can hardly wait for more such pleasant pictures, there are plenty more pictures here of the December 9th demo
Excerpt: The first major demonstration occurred on 10 November and was jointly organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) and the University and College Union (UCU). Arriving from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, approximately 30,000 to 52,000 protesters attended the demonstration on the streets of central London. Further protests were held on 24 and 30 November, and 9 December, with students holding rallies and occupying government and university buildings. Organisers said that most of the protests were peaceful, but sporadic acts of violence and vandalism were reported by authorities; protesters and police officers alike were injured, and in some cases hospitalised. In one incident, a car with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was attacked on Regent Street. Initially, the police were unprepared and overwhelmed by the number of protesters and vandals; later, heavy-handed tactics by riot police were blamed for contributing to clashes.
This earlier demo, on 10th November, could so easily have ended in tragedy. One day, if this continues, one of these “demos” will.
LATEST: PHOTOS RELEASED OF 14 TUITION FEES PROTEST SUSPECTS – See BBC report here
PART 2 to follow
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