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I don't want to ruin anyone's perceptions of how enjoyable the royal wedding may or may not have been, there's a thread for discussing all the hats and stuff, and that's fair enough. However, I think even the most ardent supporter of the royals has to admit that the royal wedding has been used by the government and the mass media to avalanche a host of other, far more important events that happened yesterday.<br><br>
Maybe some of the people on the board have read about the mass arrests of squatters, the police brutality in Stoke's Croft or the government suppression of anti-cuts organisations on Facebook. It's a shame, really, that two people's wedding day was used to cover up flagrant police abuse and anti-freedom actions. Yesterday the people watched tv, but the state moved against its enemies, regardless of whether or not they had real evidence.<br><br>
Some articles;<br><br><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/29/royal-wedding-police-criticised-protesters" target="_blank">http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/ap...sed-protesters</a><br><br><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/29/royal-wedding-arrests-route" target="_blank">http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/ap...-arrests-route</a><br><br><a href="http://www.lesbilicious.co.uk/campaigns-politics/lgbt-activists-arrested-during-royal-wedding/" target="_blank">http://www.lesbilicious.co.uk/campai...royal-wedding/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/29/facebook-accused-removing-activists-pages" target="_blank">http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...ctivists-pages</a>
 

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I don't know about the rest of it, but the fights at Kelvingrove Park, mentioned in the first article, were really not the police's fault. It was made very clear to everyone who went that if they drank in public, they'd be breaking the law. As I said in the Royal Wedding thread, police officers are people with a very difficult job, they have to deal with a lot of crap day in day out, and they don't deserve to have cans and bottles thrown at them. Perhaps some individuals are nasty people, I don't know, but on the whole they are just people trying to earn a wage who get a lot of hassle from their bosses, and have to deal with a lot of horrible situations. My bf is a police officer and it's upsetting to think of the kind of worry his family and I would have if we got a call saying he was in hospital with a head injury, like the officer in that article.<br><br>
Admittedly the media overplayed the 'rioting' aspect, but why throw things at the police? All they were trying to do was stop an unofficial party which had involved public drinking, fighting, and as you can see in this video, mass littering. You can probably also see the things getting thrown at the police:<br><br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brAW7Xb815c</a> (NSFW swearing)<br><br>
Public money will have to be used to clean up the park and to fix the damage done to police vehicles.<br><br><br><br>
Also this is I think a semi-joke but a lot of people in Glasgow do share this viewpoint which is sad [Definitely not safe for work, lots of swearing]<br><br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LXnot6X0oA</a>
 

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Actually Kelvingrove wasn't looking too bad soon after, thanks in part to some anarchist volunteers... but yea, there was definitely an apolitical group who went and just agitated for no reason at that event, I was shocked. I hadn't expected it to kick off. I know my friend was cracked in the skull with a bottle while trying to get some innocent kid de-arrested, which didn't help the case...
 
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