So the first point, direct action not lobbying, AND use your anger constructively.
Second, we are getting ‘royally’ fucked by the BBC (and other press), they are really showing themselves for what they are, an arm of the state. How are we fighting this? I don’t agree that any publicity is good publicity, especially when the police are using it to ratchet up their repression. People who were there might not realize just how differently the public feel about these protests to us. They think we’re stuck up and are just out for a fight and that the police couldn’t have done a thing wrong. Nevermind the fact that 1000s of people were just imprisoned in the cold without toilets or water! It’s hardly been mentioned. Good effort to the people keeping up solidarity with Alfie Meadows as well. I don’t know what to do about the press but maybe if we’d had an aim for the day, like shutting something down, or building something up, the media wouldn’t be able to portray it like mindless thuggery.
Finally, we have to organize and educate ourselves a lot better, maybe having an anti-capitalist direct action network specifically for this movement. We were pushing each other around on Thursday as much as we were pushing the police, we probably injured ourselves as much as the police did because some idiots choose to throw from the back of a crowd. There were arrests that just didn’t need to happen. Worst of all we got stuck in a square for 8 hours, and took it out on lowly PCs rather than their bosses (which is exactly what they want). Now we’ll have to face water cannons.
Sorry to be so negative, there was really good stuff on the day as well. Hope people will respond to this so we can discuss and learn.