: Quite the opposite; the news reports I saw on the BBC were actually pretty favourable - a first there.
Also vested interest - an essentially nationalised and tax paid media organisation isnt going to like any talk about distancing government from markets now is it?
: At no time were the police outnumbered or even under serious threat; one police officer was injured when he got hit by a litter bin; seven protestors were injured by police batons.
Well there is one eye-witness' account. Given the plethora of contradictoru accounts I shall simply have to suspend judgement unless I happen to be at one of these things.
: Again; a highly impartial source, eh?
Refer this to any eye witness. There were no impartial sources.
: It's media manipulation, pure and simple; something the police are damn good at. I wouldn't have resorted to violence myself, but it's hard not to when you're charged by riot police in full-on Judge Dredd mode.
I can imagine. Should have been at one really.
:The activists *know* that violence damages the cause. They're not stupid enough to try mixing it with superior numbers of cops armed up to the eyeballs; but it takes superhuman restraint not to defend yourself with whatever comes to hand when you get baton-charged.
It worked for Ghandi - if you want them to look bad then that restraint is necessary - and thats making the assumption that your account of the police and their intent is spot on.