Wednesday 6 July 2005

The chaos continues

There's been more trouble in Edinburgh this afternoon. At around 1:30 I arrived by bus in Hanover Street and walked down to Princes Street. To the left I could see three coaches parked on the westbound carriageway with several police officers milling around. When I got closer I could see a group from the protesting community sitting on the road in front of the vehicles. It turned out that they were the passengers. They had been removed by the police from the coaches and had hoped to go to Gleneagles.

Only then did I notice that the far western end of Princes Street was blocked by police vehicles across all six lanes. I walked in that direction and realised that what I had seen was a very slow-moving march proceeding eastwards. Three police vans led the procession and the group of a few hundred marchers was completely surrounded by police officers - mainly from London. After around thirty minutes they reached the junction with the Mound. By this time several mounted police were lined up in Hanover Street and shortly afterwards a large steel barrier was erected across the road. This prevented more people from getting into Princes Street, but "normal" folk were being let out. I walked down Rose Street and re-entered Princes Street further west. It was possible to walk back towards the demonstration where several people had been arrested and were being processed and put into police vans. When I left, the demonstrators were surrounded by a ring of nose to tail police vans with some mounted police manoeuvring inside the "corral".

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David Farrer
I must say that I was very disturbed by reports that shoppers who had got caught up in some of the demos weren't allowed to leave without being photographed by the police. Anyone still for ID cards?

10 July 2005, 19:52:00 GMT+01:00
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Neil Craig
Being in Glasgow at the time it may be presumptious but it seems to me that the damage seems to have been caused by the police attacking demonstrators & stopping their buses, trains etc. I heard the Lothian Chief Constable on the radio saying that this demo had caused "less damage than on a typical Saturday night" which would indeed indicate an astounding success over anarchist demonstrators trying to destroy society - if they had been doing so. 
Freedom of speech is easily lost & not easily regained.

10 July 2005, 01:09:58 GMT+01:00
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They seem to let themselves get corraled rather easily. Perhaps a couple of collies would do the job more cheaply?

6 July 2005, 18:09:38 GMT+01:00