: McSpotlight: Gee, I don't know where you got the idea that people were paid to attend.
Before you say about the Times being a torygraph or something - yes they are biased, if they just lie outright then its not true, but I take media conspiracy theories with a pinch of salt - even my own media conspiracy theories!
: Furthermore; I saw absolutely no violence until after the police had run someone over; as I've said already; the crowd's mood changed at that point. If it was an accident, it was a basic-level mistake on the police's part;
I doubt even the British police would run people over to start a rumble, I also understand that the first to be hurt was a woman jumping on the roof of a police van. hmmm. And that after that it was vans trying to move when crowded. Silly them, should have used mounted police - much better, less likely to hurt folk.
: However, out of the people attending, there were a couple of hundred violent protestors at most;
Oh, thats better then - its always the minority that spoils it for more peaceful protesters. I hope that there was no implicit moral tolerance of the violence though - the 'yeah but theyre capitalist windows so its ok' attitude.
: Furthermore, do you really regard the Torygraph as a reliable source of information?
No, but I do think it reflect the 'shoot yourself in the foot' public image such protests tend to accrue.
McSpotlight: I'll reply to this below...