Favourite pictures from yesterday’s protest


10:00 am - November 25th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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This is my favourite picture from yesterday’s student protests. It’s positive and peaceful, but doesn’t detract from the fact that protests were taking place.

Police action yesterday was just short of totalitarian; but we shouldn’t rise to their bait. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Met put the van there deliberately.


Picture by blinkofaneye on Flickr.

User sabaithaime1 took this video of the students trying to protect the van.

And some more pictures

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Both of these from an amusing Daily Mail article horrified that “this time women are leading the charge” (OMG! Why didn’t they stay at home like good girls!)

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Picture by Jonathan Warren

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The BBC News coverage was awful. An online report merely said this about the hours of forceful ‘kettling’ of young kids in the cold.

Hundreds of remaining protesters were gradually released by police throughout the evening.

Earlier a police van was attacked and barricades thrown as protesters tried to break through police lines.

Completely lame. BBC News coverage last night was as sensationalist as that of Sky News.

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That LOL JK placard is awesome.

I rather liked http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/slideshow/ALeqM5jFQ7b_5EFbLiswzVvb5pJN-I7Siw?docId=CNG.38e1dc44f823cc3b1c8604ec5f26e3b0.791&index=0&ned=uk The Tories must piss themselves with laughter at the way Clegg has allowed himself to become a lightning rod for the hatred of their policies

3. Student Supporter

> BBC News coverage last night was as sensationalist as that of Sky News.

This is nothing new: BBC News has been rubbish for years now. I love the BBC, but its journalism is too often steeped in mediocrity.

Must say I found it all rather amusing.

I did look for you Sunny, just so I could point out the dangerous lefty anarchist type to the police. That sort of demo arrest will help at the inevitable selection meeting for a safe labour seat. I’m currently pencilling in the odds of that by 2020 at 100%

I think you need to look up the word “totalitarian”.

Then look up “hyperbole” and “hysteria”.

My thoughts entirely about the police van having been deliberately ‘placed’. John McDonnell was sending messages from Facebook during the entire time and continually going down to the police to try and get the ‘kettling’ stopped. It is worth looking at his page to see what they were saying. Michael Gove interviewed on the BBC [clip shown ad nauseum] kept saying that the demonstration was all wrong because ‘we are a democracy’. It didn’t seem to occur to him that [a] that’s what people do in democracies – say when they disagree with the government and [b] the words democracy and demonstration come from the same root and mean ‘of the people. This was about the [young] people showing that they disagreed with the Government proposals. Many said that they were from schools and sixth form colleges and had the blessing of their teachers and lecturers to be there. Many shown on the media today said they had the blessing of their parents to be there. Other Half and I unfortunately could not be there – we wanted to go to protest about what these proposals will mean for the education of our grand children.

@4 What on earth are you on about?

The policing yesterday might have been shocking for those who’re not used to police at protests but it’s really nothing compared to how brutal they can be…

Gotta say I’m disappointed, Sunny. Congratulating a group of schoolkids who think their job is to be cops. If you watch the video (removed because the poster didn’t like my criticism of it and reposted here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZoxzwlDeC8 ), it’s impossible not to see the class difference between the two groups.

Defending the van we have some well-spoken kids with nice accents. On the other side we have some hyped up kids, some with scarves over their mouths (the smart ones, at least), one with a strong East London accent. The first are people who, at least until yesterday, thought the nice policeman was their friend (7 hours later, they might have changed their mind). The second group are those who have likely faced police harassment for most of their lives – the kind of people who topped the list of those stopped and searched.

Yesterday’s demonstration was about anger – some because they felt betrayed by the Liberal Democrats, or because they’re worried about the fees they’ll face. But there were others who face their EMAs being stripped – allowances helping them stay in school. There were many who see the entire cuts agenda stretching out in front of them – a cuts agenda that is a declaration of class war and nothing less.

They were among those who smashed the van. No inflitrators, no hijack, no “anarchists” (at least in terms of organised groups, though I think the movement may have got a lot of new recruits) – just very angry kids. And when that happens, if you don’t agree with what they’re doing, get the hell out of the way. If the police want to punish everyone for the actions of the few, that’s a problem with the police. If the media focus on the “violence” and not the message, that’s a problem with the media. If a group of kids want to smash a van, let ’em do it and leave them to face the consequences, don’t try to police protesters.

Donnacha – sorry but I don’t agree for several reasons.

You’re trying to read into this to justify your own prejudices – ‘nice working class lad vs sniffy middle kids trying to tell others to keep quiet’.

Sorry but I don’t buy this sort of class prejudice any more than bloggers attacking ‘trustafarians’ or ‘latte-sipping envirofascists’ on the basis of their class too. What matters to me is the issue and how people approach them.

The second group are those who have likely faced police harassment for most of their lives – the kind of people who topped the list of those stopped and searched.

Or just a bunch of idiots who like to break shit? And just because you have faced police harassment doesn’t give you license to break shit.

I’m not a fan of the police here, and think the van was clearly a plant.

But you can’t break things in the middle of a protest and then say it’s the media’s fault for reporting it.

If students are angry – they can demonstrate. They can do lots of non-violent civil disobedience.
PS – one of those girls was black – who’s brothers probably faced police harassment too. Sorry but your analysis doesn’t stand up.

Sunny: “Or just a bunch of idiots who like to break shit? And just because you have faced police harassment doesn’t give you license to break shit.”

Emmeline Pankhurst: “The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics.”

’nuff said.

12. Jeremy Poynton

Totalitarian? You idiot. I spent two months in the USSR in the summer of 1968, during the Czech crisis. During that time, any Czech student that came up to the party I was with – to ask what was happening in their country (we did not know, either!) – was arrested and taken away at gun point by plain clothes police. This happened three times.

That is TOTALITARIAN. You are a hysteria-prone, infantile Lefty. Grow up and get a life.

13. Derek Richards

I don’t want to go off on what might be perceived as a tangent on class politics, but this is class war. Historically that means a war between the working class and the ruling class in which the middle class are historically forced to choose sides. Today, as a result of free education, there is a minority of black people who have been able to fight their way out of poverty and enter the middle classes and it is a hugely simplistic approach to point to the colour of someone’s skin and parallel their experiences with those of the “second group” representative of those who haven’t been able to escape. Even if middle class black people are unable to completely escape racial prejudice in the way that upwardly mobile white working class people can, while my son and nieces love each other dearly, the experiences of my brother’s well spoken West London schooled daughters and my son are worlds apart.

The central issue here is access to education. Ultimately I think it’s a mistake to condemn either group of young people. Neither the first group who admirably have the analysis to see through the tactics of the police in planting the van, perhaps as result of their access to the education that we all want for our children, or the masked “East Londoners” who feel the connection between the tactics of the police on this demo and their own experiences of the police in their daily lives. Lives which are about to get more difficult under this government – class war.

14. Jeremy Poynton
15. Jeremy Poynton

Daily Mail confirms Daily Mash report

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333366/My-mum-went-crazy–Student-protester-pictured-riot-helmet-says-life-ruined.html

Ollie Moore was snapped swearing at police at this week’s student protests and says he has upset his mother and destroyed his future job prospects.

Silly silly Ollie.


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