main banner at the protest
protesters kept if fluffy and funny
critical mass blocking Park Lane
even robots are against arms trade
but they never get the fun, do they? ...
... and they always try to arrest the wrong sort of people.
Section 14 was quickly imposed in the area, which effectively prevents any demonstration from taking place unless it is in the ‘protest designated areas’. As a result police harassment increased, and after a group of about 60-70 people and cyclists blocked the main traffic lane, police moved in pushing people over the fence into Hyde Park. Not long after that, police tried more snatch arrests which were defended by the crowd that managed to de-arrest one protester. This resulted in some scuffles in which police kicked protesters with fits and truncheons.
Eventually the atmosphere became a bit calmer, as the remaining group of about 50 people stayed inside the park’s perimeter drumming and shouting at delegates that, by that time, were starting to leave the hotel. The evening’s protests managed to create a situation in which the marketers of death felt under siege. Hundreds of police had to be deployed to protect them when getting in and out of the hotel, whilst, at the same time, endure abuse shouted at them. They could not ignore this situation, not in their way in, nor whilst inside where the protest could be heard, or even in their way out a few hours later.
There can’t be an easy ride for those that profit and promote repression, torture, death and war. These people are not only scum, but also mass murderers. The state should not be upholding their deals, and millions of pounds of public money should not be wasted protecting criminals’ fairs and gala dinners. Rot in hell you bastards!