Thursday, 23 December 2010

Student demonstrations

December: Student demonstrations turning into riots.  Initial police response was undermanned, and the pendulum swung the other way for later December action in the capital, with protestors outnumbered and van after van of police on stand-by about Whitehall.  Despite the overwhelming numbers, there seems to be a hesitancy for officers to engage rioters: when the car carrying Prince Charles and Camilla came under attack police response was still muted, leading to criticism of the police response in the press.  Clearly, thoughts of what the connected generation can upload to YouTube are holding back officers who, a decade ago, would have waded straight in.  More in England section of Conflict...

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