Anti-Cuts march madness.

Posted: March 28, 2011 by hbl010 in HBL, news, Pupil
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Campaigners attacked police officers, smashed windows and daubed banks and shops with paint on Saturday during and after a march.

A total of 201 arrests were made most of them after campaigners staged a sit in at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly.

The TUC said 250,000 – 500,000 people attended the march which passed without any incidents. But a separate group, who wore scarves to cover their faces, starting attacking shops, which including topshop and banks.

The metropolitan polices has faced criticism of the way they handled the violent protesters. Former deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick said officers should have done more to protect property.

But Commander Bob Broadhurst who was in charge of policing the protest said they did their best.

He said although there had been talk on the internet about planned violence, there was not enough evidence to take action against individuals before the event.

Mr Broadhurst warned that similar groups may also attack the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29th April.

On Sunday 138 of those arrested were charged with aggravated trespass and were bailed to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ court on various dates which begins 9th May.

The remaining people were charged with various offences.

There were 84 injuries reported, including 31 police officers, which 11 of them needed hospital treatment.

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Comments
  1. evelinasec says:

    I like the play on words in the title HBL. I’m guessing it was a deliberate reference to Mad March Hares.

    This is a good piece, but reading it doesn’t tell me anything about the purpose of the march, and I think it’s important to include that information. Also. how many of the marchers were peaceful? What comments did those peaceful marchers make about trouble?

    Check your punctuation, and tighten it all up a bit, and you’ll have an informative piece to be proud of.

  2. Manuela says:

    Anti-Cuts March of Madness

    I am pleased you picked up on this piece of news. I wonder if the pun was picked up from a newspaper, as if you created that news headline it really captures the range of feelings people showed on the March. Evelinasec’s comment about the March Hare I had not thought of, and that too, is very clever!

    As the violent disturbance by a small group of people at the very end of the day dominated all newspapers and news reports, I am not surprised that your article did not have much to say about the reasons for the march. Most of us get our news from quick a read of the morning papers, or a short listen to the morning or evening news bulletins, and you would have had to do more thorough search of other websites to get a flavour for why half a million people of all ages and walks of life gave up their Saturday to travel from all over the UK to march in London.

    You might be surprised to hear that your headteacher marched alongside nurses, doctors, other teachers, teaching assistants, mothers, fathers, children, old age pensioners.

    It might be interesting for your group to debate what makes for ‘responsible reporting’ in a democratic society?

    What would be a ‘fair’ proportion of media time to devote toShould a violent event always get top billing in the news? If a very small group of people are badly behaved, should the bulk of the report be focused on that group?

    I was interested to see that your article implied that the UK Uncut group who occupied Fortnum and Masons was implicated in the violence against police officers and property perpetrated largely by a group / groups of young anarchists. This is, in fact, inaccurate. But I can see exactly why and how you might have come to this conclusion.

    If you are interested in finding out a little more about the reasons for the TUC March for the Alternative or the story behind the Fortnum and Mason ‘occupation’, I have provided you with some start-up links.
    http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/
    http://www.tuc.org.uk/theme/index.cfm?theme=alltogether
    http://www.tuc60seconds.org.uk/2011/03/20/861/

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