: 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; one they should have known would cause trouble. If it was deliberate; well, the police were out to cause trouble and some pissed eejits in the crowd obliged.
Yeah obviously, well I mean the police man they're obviously against, like everything man. Enough of this tree hugging hippy nonsense. It was pretty clear, and having seen some of the stuff on the web not very suprising, that the police were expecting trouble. When I saw them towards the end in the west end they weren't getting ready for a fight. so where was teh change? the fact is that inside a demonstration on this scale you can't tell what is happening, it's all fueled by rumour and hearsay. You say the running over was the start of the trouble, but maybe it was the storming on top of the police vans.
And some bastard graffitied on Nelson's Column!!
McSpotlight: Actually, I was within sight of the vans. Also check out this eyewitness statement