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Student protests show… Police are the real thugs

Issue No. 2232

Riot police

Riot police


Since the student protest on the day of the university fees vote, the media has been filled with panic about the “violence” of student “thugs”.

But the police were the real thugs. They kept protesters kettled for hours in Parliament Square. They hit students and charged on horseback.

The cops dragged disabled protester Jody McIntyre out of his wheelchair, and whacked student Alfie Meadows so hard he needed brain surgery.

Julian Phillip is a Goldsmiths College student. He told Socialist Worker, “The police beat me on the head with a stick for no reason.”

Yet Met police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson says the policing was “absolutely splendid”.

Inside parliament, protected by riot police, MPs were voting to triple fees and wreck young people’s futures. The students were right to fight back against the state.

Paul Stephenson should be forced out—not because a few angry students got close to the royals, but because the cops nearly killed someone that day.

Julian Phillip

Julian Phillip



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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 17:30 GMT
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