Three days after head of ACPO, Hugh Orde, promised the use of more extreme tactics on protesters, ten people have been cs/pepper sprayed at a London UKUncut protest outside Boots, with three needing hospital treatment.
During the protest on Oxford Street, an activist tried to post a leaflet through a closed door and was arrested for “criminal damage”. People tried to help her and were subsequently sprayed. One of the officers accused of spraying protesters, CW2440, has also been accused of trying to incite violence at UKUncut protests on 15 January 2011.
Speaking to The Guardian on Thursday, Hugh Orde threatened protesters who refused to negotiate with the police, “we must be clear that the people who wish to demonstrate won't engage, communicate or share what they intend to do with us, and so our policing tactics will have to be different ... slightly more extreme."
These tactics are becoming clear - disproportionate violence, illegal arrests, and intimidatory policing. However, people are angry and focussed, and will not be discouraged from expressing dissent. This violence will only make us stronger and more determined.
See you on the streets.