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Second Riot In Bristol Proves Police Never Learn: Photos

by | 29th, April 2011

THERE has been more unrest on the streets of Bristol. The first riot was not enough. The antagonism has resulted in violence. Richard North rounds-up :

There was another outbreak of violence in Bristol  last night as protesters gathered on Cheltenham Road to stand in peaceful protest against police action in last week’s riots. Things turned violent around 1am, with a number of police and protesters being injured by missiles and close-quarters skirmishes, after people took exception to the tactics used by the police and the situation escalated.

Protestor Richard Ayres claimed that mounted police officers rushed down the middle of the street. We were knocked to the side by them and were then shoved back by riot police with helmets, shields, truncheons and dogs “, he said. I remonstrated with them peacefully, flabbergasted at the sudden turn of events “.

Assistant chief constable, however, Rod Hansen claims that officers had acted to stop protestors causing trouble. And therein lies your problem. With leaden, bureaucratic predictability,  he declares :

“I am satisfied that our tactics were appropriate and proportionate, and feel that the officers involved acted professionally and with great restraint given the threat and personal danger they faced”.

I am gradually compiling details of the riot last week, and have  very substantially added to the detail already posted. The more one finds out, the more extraordinary an event it appears. Not least, there were far more than the 300 or so protesters claimed. At a very rough estimate, there must have been more than a thousand people on the streets.

What is very evident is that, despite the idiot media and their headlines, and those who are trying to jump on the bandwagon, this was not an anti-Tesco riot. It was an anti-police riot, reacting to the aggressive behaviour of the police and the arrogance, during the riot – which they provoked – and afterwards. This comes over in a Daily Mail report where a spokesman for Tesco says of the current incident:

“Last night’s violence in Stokes Croft and beyond underlined that this is not an anti-Tesco protest, our store is not even open”.

Having behaved so badly last week, any sensible force commander would be acutely sensitive to the local mood. There

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