Thursday, 2 April 2009
Riot police attack peaceful protesters at G20 Climate Camp
Police cover-up likely of man's death in the City
Riot police used shields and batons in unprovoked attacks on peaceful protesters. It took place at the Climate Camp on Bishopsgate in the City of London during the first day of the G20 protests on Wednesday 1st April 2009.
Anyone watching this clip can see clearly how the police aggressively attack a peaceful crowd with steel truncheons and riot shields. Reports from Christian and non-violent protesters at Bishopsgate claim also that the police waded, kicking into peaceful sit-downs.
I watched most of the reports throughout the day on BBC News 24. It soon became clear to me that while it was impossible for the editors to eliminate all signs of police violence that it was happening right before our very eyes. A mounted police charge, for example, was reported but not shown viewers.
The man who died in the City has been identified as a Mr Ian Tomlinson and whilst the mainstream media have chosen in the main not to report his death there has been coverage in The Guardian. Other than that it has been the blogosphere that has covered it with reports by Craig Murray, Red Pepper, Chicken Yoghourt, Indymedia and several messages on the Medialens message board.
Ian Tomlinson, looking dazed just prior to his death
The consensus of feeling is that Mr Tomlinson may have been the victim of police violence which was then quickly covered-up by the police and friendly reporters from the MSM. Allegations that the police were attacked by the crowd with bottles when attempting to take him to medics have since been denied by on-the-scene witnesses.
G20 Protest London - Memorial after death of protester
See here for more videos of Memorial Events including police intervention
My initial suspicions, yesterday, that the police were covering-up the true circumstances of Mr Tomlinson's death have now grown since reading today's reports. What amazes me is how this death has been hushed-up by the establishment's hacks with no reports of it at all on the TV. A few months ago, the death of a Greek protester led to the fall of a government.
And here in police-state Britain? Nada!
G20: The police ruined a peaceful protest
I watched the police push into the crowd with a brutality that was not only shocking but utterly unnecessary