Initial reports from the demos were that a middle-aged man had died. “Aha!” I thought. “Heart attack”. Just like the Great North Run.
Then it turned out that he’d been hit by a bottle and died as police medics were protecting him from the crowd.
Now some photographic evidence (as a video, no less) has appeared which show a middle aged newsagent walking home round the edge of the crowds. (“he shouldn’t be there”, I hear the Daily Mailers crying). So? He’s still got his job and he’s still got to go home. That’s his route, apparently.
Tomlinson, with his hands in his pockets, is then attacked from behind with a 2 foot baton by an armoured and riot-helmeted policeman who seems totally out of control given the lack of riot. The policeman then wallops Tomlinson in the small of the back, who then falls forward.
Tomlinson manages to get his hands out of his pockets but even so, his face hits the ground.
Difference in Reporting between Guardian and BBC
The Guardian has the video, which is here:
Footage shows Ian Tomlinson, the man who died during G20 protests in London, being attacked from behind
A BBC report is here, using the same Guardian video:
However, the BBC’s verbal overlay is extremely defensive of the police and their actions. Not so The Guardian. The Guardian is quite open and factual.
The video is lacking in that there are many cuts (probably because it’s intermittent filming – but I’m guessing), that omit some extra corroborative information from a pair of law students who witnessed everything. This is the YouTube clip below. In it, they say that First Aid for Tomlinson was delivered by protesters until they were pushed away by police. This isn’t shown in the video. They describe the way that people were barged & pushed “as is their way” – as they describe it, by the police. This is clear from this video and others.
- This is the very same police who can have you arrested for 42 days without having to inform anyone you know.
- These are the same police who shot an innocent man on a tube train at point blank range with seven dum dum bullets.
- These police are employed by us to protect us and uphold the law.
- Most laws are made in parliament.
- We can vote out parliamentary people we don’t like.
- In “the old days” there were also riots and protests. Some protests were to get the vote for women. They were treated horribly by the police, much like many people were the other day. They were treated as pariahs of society, much like the popular press described the protesters.
- In “the old days” protesters had a protest to try and make change in society by adequately making the lawmakers understand that something was wrong.
Now, protesters are herded and penned into a “demonstration area”, well out of sight of anyone of influence. They are looked on as “oddities” and beaten just because of that.
- Rats when cornered will fight. It’s the fear reflex that we all have. That’s why cornered people very rarely are peaceful, especially when antagonised by hooded and armed men in black.
- In “the old days”, police just used their normal uniforms. Protesters wore normal clothes.
- At the G20 protest, police wore armoured clothing and were armed to the teeth, protected with Spartan shields. Protesters wore normal cloths.