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Bristol Riot: Tesco Smashed, Police Lies And Violence Provoked (Photos And Videos)

by | 22nd, April 2011

RIOTERS in Bristol have caused severe damage to a Tesco convenience store, following a botched operation, in which police now claim they were acting to prevent a petrol bombing of the store, writes Richard North.

Despite a local witness writing that the trouble was sparked by a heavy-handed police action following an  operation to evict a long-term squat, Avon and Somerset Constabulary are spinning like mad . Supt Ian Wylie claims :

“There have been several significant incidents in this building during the past few days, which have caused serious concerns to police and local residents”.

The massive police operation started around 9pm. Officers in riot gear and full length shields many of them from out of town backed up by horses, vans and the police helicopter, forced their way into the squat and evicted the occupants. The operation was very heavy-handed and no explanations were offered for the action. And despite this, it was still relatively quiet in the area by around 10pm.
Wylie, who obviously isn’t very, drools out more officialese, telling us:

“The safety of the public is paramount in a situation of this kind and we took the decision to carry out a robust and swift operation, following intelligence received about the criminal intentions of those who were occupying the building.”

He then goes on to say:

“Following the operation, it is unfortunate a small minority gathered and began attacking officers with bottles and other items”.

The propaganda BS continues , and watchable on video .

What triggered the riot, however, was police with riot shields also blocking off a major local junction, preventing residents getting to their own homes. A large crowd gathered, with the police facing off local people. After more than an hour of this provocative and aggressive action, elements of the crowd finally reacted and started throwing stones and bottles at the police. A witness stated that it was almost as though the police, many of them from Wales, were looking for trouble.

By 2 am the police had achieved their apparent aim, assuming that they had any, by uniting the entire community of the area against them.

Contrary to Wylie’s report, and other police claims. the BBC report makes it clear it wasn’t a “small minority“. It was nearly 300 people, says The Guardian . Having provoked universal hostility, the police were forced to retreat. The Tesco store the very one the police operation had supposedly been set up to protect had its front trashed. A police car was badly damaged.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this, Mr Plod is telling lies. He is also stupid enough to think we will be taken in by them. But there is now such a thing as YouTube, multiple independent photo-albums, such as here and here , and a large number of independent reports, allowing us to see what has been going on and form our own opinion. From an independent blogger , we get this quote:

“I was dismayed by the council and police reaction to a sustained peaceful protest that has existed against Tesco for over two years. Until this week Stokes Croft was the last remaining major high street in the West of England inhabited exclusively by independent establishments. Tesco moved in despite universal local disapproval in an area already surrounded by dozens of Tesco stores. Despite the palpable disquiet protests have been entirely peaceful. This was not a volatile situation until police moved in to the area in full riot dress with no explanation for kettling Stokes Croft except “health and safety” and “something to do with Tescos”.

As police entered “Telepathic Heights” rumour spread that more raids on houses were intended. As this was not an unlikely story due to recent dawn raids on protesters houses and confiscation of computers and books over the last (xmas) exam period the community barricaded the remaining entrances to Stokes Croft and the police responded by charging the barricades, apparently for no other reason than for a fight. This action alone provoked violence from the famously diverse, educated, peaceful, loving and pacifist community of Stokes Croft.

It is very easy to come on, po-faced and say there is no excuse for violence. But, in fact, when the plod have lost it, and are quite obviously lying through their teeth and we know this is the case in too many situations then violence is an eminently reasonable response.

This is what the politicians and the plods are going to have to learn. They have been taking the

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