This Indymedia report is a frightening account of violent assaults by the Metropolitan Police, resulting in injuries to two prominent pacifist demonstrators in Whitehall outside of Downing Street - Brian Haw, who was led away with blood streaming from his face, and Steve Jago.
Image via Terence Bunch
without warnings the territorial support group moved in and began violently pushing and man-handling people to the pavement. one young woman was grabbed round the throat and dragged. others were pushed from behind. brian was miving backwards towards the pavement with a camera to his face when officer U1019 lunged at him deliberately and without provocation. the blow was aimed directly at brian's face and pushed his camera into his cheek causing a deep wound.
There is an approx. 8 minute video clip edited from one of the many video and other cameras recording the mostly peaceful protest which has been uploaded to archive.org.
No doubt there is other video and photo evidence witnessing the violent actions of PC U1019.
A note for for our regular Metropolitan Police, Home Office and Downing Street spin doctors and the "intelligence" gatherers who monitor this website:
There is almost certain to be official complaints to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Metropolitan Police Authority about this unnecessary violence.
How can you criticise, say, the brutal Governments of Burma or Pakistan or Zimbabwe etc., without the counter charge of hypocrisy, as they will be able to point to this incident of political Police violence against peaceful demonstrators outside of Downing Street ?