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Posted by: Gee ( si ) on December 01, 1999 at 14:00:42:

In Reply to: There were violent nutters there; they had body armour, tear gas and batons. posted by Farinata on December 01, 1999 at 11:24:22:

: 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.

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