Riots in London 26 March

#1
BBC News - TUC condemns post-rally violence in central London

Violence which followed a day of anti-spending cuts protests in London has been condemned by union leaders.

Hours after more than 250,000 people took part in a peaceful march to Hyde Park, there were clashes between police and protesters in Trafalgar Square
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The trouble began after demonstrators broke away from the main march and headed towards the shopping district in London's West End.

A group of about 500 people gathered in Oxford Street, before targeting fashion chain Topshop's flagship store and the banks Santander, HSBC and RBS.

Anti-cuts group UK Uncut occupied luxury grocery store Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly in protest over alleged tax avoidance by the business's owners.

Later in the evening, the protests moved to Trafalgar Square where police kettled demonstrators while they tried to restore order.
If such protest continue then the Libyan scenario can not be excluded. The "opposition" could capture some towns and villages and call for a No Fly Zone over the UK.
 
#3
Sergey,

What's the coverage of this where you are?
I have noticed the heavily biased, and opposed to cuts BBC continually emphasises the "small minority" of trouble makers. Their coverage when reviewing newspapers this morning also pointed out pictures of protesters smashing a window without any police in shot. The presenter immediately referred to the lack of police based on that one picture. In another picture, a protester who was totally covered and disguised was described as a youth and emphasised as being a youth - in a way to in no way blame union protesters.

If ever we needed a surgical airstrike it was last night.

I think the BBC have crossed the line big time with their bias against the coalition Govt and their opposition to the cuts.
 
#4
Sergey,

What's the coverage of this where you are?
I have noticed the heavily biased, and opposed to cuts BBC continually emphasises the "small minority" of trouble makers. Their coverage when reviewing newspapers this morning also pointed out pictures of protesters smashing a window without any police in shot. The presenter immediately referred to the lack of police based on that one picture. In another picture, a protester who was totally covered and disguised was described as a youth and emphasised as being a youth - in a way to in no way blame union protesters.

If ever we needed a surgical airstrike it was last night.

I think the BBC have crossed the line big time with their bias against the coalition Govt and their opposition to the cuts.
Among the main international news on Russian TV channelas are Libya, Japan, riots in Syria, Israel/Palestine. Relatively short video about the riots in London was not highlighted as something outstanding.

However, even the recent students' protests were relatively innocent. If such riots would continue ona regular basis then it would have a serious impact on the British political life.

TUC protest march: anarchists on the rampage in London - Telegraph

The violence began as Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, addressed a TUC rally of at least 250,000 peaceful protesters in Hyde Park who had marched from Westminster to demonstrate against government spending cuts.

As he spoke, an apparently co-ordinated attack began on shops and police in Oxford Street as a mob tried to storm into shops including Topshop, BHS and John Lewis.
Who are the rioters? 200 were datained.

Police fought mobs of masked thugs who pelted officers with ammonia and fireworks loaded with coins.

The anti-capitalists started fires and smashed their way into banks, hotels and shops, bringing chaos to Britain’s busiest shopping street.
So according to the Telegraph they are 'anti-capitalist masked thugs'. I fear it is an oversimplification.
 
#5
So according to the Telegraph they are 'anti-capitalist masked thugs'. I fear it is an oversimplification.
Nope, if anything an under simplification as they are anarchists who rarely wash, sponging off the society they despise and are the 'usual suspects' in such incidents.

I'd give a load more wedge to a deserving charity if less than 50% of those arrested had not got previous for this sort of action, hanging off trees when motorways are being built and other things such as Huntingdon life science, coal station in Kent etc.
 
#6
the 'masked thugs' might be just camera shy? lol
 

Andy_S

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#7
Well let me say: Thank God we live in a democracy, where such things are possible without machine guns, air strikes, et al.

A 'duh' comment, I know, but for the benefit of all the (righteously) indignant tax payers on forum who have never travelled beyond civilized borders...well, I think it is a point that is worth making.

There are many, many darker and more evil places in this world than the UK. Let us, please, not have fantasies about emulating the policies of such states, however wayward our youth may be.

I suspect Fortnum & Masons will recover.
 
#8
Well let me say: Thank God we live in a democracy, where such things are possible without machine guns, air strikes, et al.

A 'duh' comment, I know, but for the benefit of all the (righteously) indignant tax payers on forum who have never travelled beyond civilized borders...well, I think it is a point that is worth making.

There are many, many darker and more evil places in this world than the UK. Let us, please, not have fantasies about emulating the policies of such states, however wayward our youth may be.

I suspect Fortnum & Masons will recover.
But like Sergey says if it becomes a regular theme it will drive poeple towards the wrong end of the political spectrum as they will start to believ that only more extreme methods will be succesful. They will probably get away with a slap on the wrist and try to hijack more protests. They ( the anarchists) complain about police bruitality but they have very little concept of it, and soon people will be fed up of the police being so hamstrung
 
#10
I suspect Fortnum & Masons will recover.
Perhaps Fortnum's will recover, but I'm not sure I will: the invasion of this elegant temple of good taste by screaming hordes of stinking, illiterate Commies is analogous to being buggered by a dozen large, black, francophone members of Al Qaeda. One could hardly envisage anything worse, and perhaps it really is time to call in a few fast jets while we still have any left.
 

Goatman

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#11
So according to the Telegraph they are 'anti-capitalist masked thugs'. I fear it is an oversimplification.
Check out this innocent bystander Sergei......ah, the retro Soviet-era rubber wear look makes its return to London Fashion Week...Mummy will be so proud...



Whereas this ,obviously impoverished worker, ground down by the proto-fascistic minions of global Capitalism, can only afford an IRA style ski mask to ward off the manifest perils of London's night air....
 
#12
Sergey, I was actually in London yesterday (for purposes not linked to the demonstration) and as I was crossing the Strand I was behind about eight young people, all of who had put on cycle masks or balaclavas and had their heads covered, and were carrying black and red Anarchist banners. I somehow don't think they were covering up their faces to avoid tanning in the fine Spring sunshine, nor were their banners props for an amateur performance of Orwell's "A Homage to Catalonia".

From what I saw there were definitely a few demonstrators present in London yesterday with devilment on their minds, although they were a tiny minority of those who turned up to march.
 
#13
Whereas this ,obviously impoverished worker, ground down by the proto-fascistic minions of global Capitalism, can only afford an IRA style ski mask to ward off the manifest perils of London's night air....
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Clealry his Edukashion has failed him as he appears to be wearing it inside out , unless that is the lastest fashion. Ill wear my boxers over my trousers when I pop to the shops later and find out
 

Goatman

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Clealry his Edukashion has failed him as he appears to be wearing it inside out , unless that is the lastest fashion. Ill wear my boxers over my trousers when I pop to the shops later and find out
:) you're just a stone style icon you.......
 
#15
The usual Rent-a-Mob out for a rumbly with PC Plod and his pals. Rent-a-Mob Fekwits out to see what they can steal or thieve from looted shops as per usual. Anarchist Muppets having been bussed in for the day with promises of free booze, drugs and anything you can unhinge that is not bolted down.

These protests always brings out the Lefty Tree Huggers and Bed Wetting Socialists out from the wood-worK. Why else do they get out of bed early, for a free day in London rioting and causing damage, so that they can blame on Maggie Thatcher. They will all be back at the Social and Bru on Monday demanding more Social Security Payments because their 'Oomin Rites' have been damaged because they had to get out of bed (Bone Idle), and riot on a Saturday for feks sake.....
 
#16
Has London been re-named Londone as part of some EU directive?.

Re Riots in Londone as per the header of this thread.
 
#18
I was there yesterday, getting around and about, ect. For the most part is was very well behaved, and well ordered with a carvival atmosphere. Every City of London and Metropolitian plod I spoke with agreeed it was the biggest turnout they had ever seen. That's having spoken to over 35 of them. So figures given out by several news agencies playing down the day are quite misleading. When thingy wahatisname spoke he said there was a turn out of half a million people, yet there was still more than half of the marchers to arrive at Hyde Park. It took so long to move so many people that some of the first to arrive at Hyde Park were already leaving, before the last to start had even begun.

Many hotels and buisnesses had staff and plod standing outside to guide marchers away and everywhere that I saw they were all happily enjoying the spectacle. There was certainly no stress, not even at the Ritz as I passed by and spoke with them. As I understand it, from groups spokespeople, F and Mason had about 50 people stage a sit in; nothing like the 1,000 invaders the headlines are making out.

It's a simple fact of life that the Media will either play down or play up the numbers according to their bias, or according to whatever political leaning takes their fancy. Yet all the stay-at-homes will readily believe them.

I sometimes wonder how big an event would have to be before the press declared it to be the biggest turn out ever. Personally, I'm sure that they would happily print that a turn out of 5 million was only 50,000. My local news paper/bog roll is notorious for this. At an event where I was an independant observer I counted 36 people inside a building and 80+ immediately outside, yet they wrote only 16 people toook part! I gave their news-prick a bit of stick for that, and since then if I'm around he asks me how many to call it.
 
#20
If there was any justice in the world, Tarquin here would have been just moments away from the kicking of his young life. Sadly, he probably just got cautioned.
If there was any justice in the world,Tarquin would be in the last 10 miniutes of his life.
 

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