26 Mar 2011

Massive police violence in Trafalgar Square

Getting nasty, will no doubt be mis reported by the media.

PennyRed Laurie Penny
Just saw a police officer use a baton on a crying unarmed 19 year old girl. #march26

History repeats:

A demonstration was called for 13 November 1887 by the Metropolitan Radical Federation and the Irish National League to protest against repression in Ireland, the imprisonment of Irish MPs and to assert the right to free speech. Public meetings had been banned from Trafalgar Square a few days earlier and when the 20,000 demonstrators, organised in marches from all over London, converged on the Square, they fought with the mounted and foot police. The Riot Act was read and mounted armed troopers called in. There were a large number of injuries on both sides, but two demonstrators died of their injuries and 160 served prison sentences. A wide spectrum of radicals had been in the demonstration including George Bernard Shaw, John Burns, Eleanor Marx and William Morris. The following week a bystander, Alfred Linnell, was trampled and killed by mounted police in the Square.


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