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

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.

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Posted: 22nd, April 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (3)