Did POLICE turn Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ protest into a riot?

Attack: this image from the Bristol Post was captioned “Bridewell police station under siege” but the only violence I see is by a policeman attacking a woman with a truncheon and a stick. What do you see?

It takes only one comment like this to reverse the narrative completely – and here it is, in two tweets:

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees may find himself on the receiving end of some very sharp reactions after he supported the police without waiting for the other side of the story!

He said: “Smashing buildings in our city centre, vandalising vehicles, attacking our police will do nothing to lessen the likelihood of the Bill going through. On the contrary, the lawlessness on show will be used as evidence and promote the need for the Bill.

“This is a shameful day in an incredible year for Bristol.

“We have had numerous protests. Our police, city representatives and I have been able to point out with pride that we have faced these moments of conflict without the physical conflict that others have experienced. Those who decided to turn today’s protest into a physical confrontation and smash our city have robbed us of this.”

What will he have to say if it turns out to be true that the police are “those who decided to turn [the] protest into a physical confrontation and smash [the] city”?

Considering the way the police in London treated a peaceful vigil on Clapham Common; or the way a drunken policeman assaulted a woman on her way home from work and walked free from court after admitting it; or the fact that a policeman is accused of kidnapping and murdering another woman who was on her way home from work…

Considering all the allegations of racist behaviour notched up against the police – not just last year during the Black Lives Matter protests but going back through the decades…

Considering this…

[The Battle of Orgreave, during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5, was reported as happening because picketers attacked the police when in fact it was the police who attacked the picketers; reporters edited their footage to create a false story.]

Considering all of the above, it seems far more likely that the police were responsible for the violence in Bristol last night, rather than a few hundred people who were, at the time, sitting down.

If those people defended themselves, this is no reason to condemn them or their protest for descending into violence. Everybody has the right to defend themselves against unprovoked violent attack, no matter whether the attacker is in a uniform or not.

If Bristol’s police were ordered to turn this event into a riot so their political leaders could use it as justification for the draconian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that will permit them to inflict brutal oppression on innocent people, then the plan appears to have backfired.

The peaceful protest was mostly over by the time they came out from the Bridewell. From a high point of around 3,000 people, their own figures say only around 500 were left when the violence began.

The others, having made their point, had gone home. No matter who started the violence, they have been smeared by the police claims.

And observers elsewhere have demonstrated that they are unimpressed by the protestations of the police and politicians – pointing out the future of protest under the Police Bill:

At the end of the day, there is a big question to be answered – and it’s one that would not even be considered if the police had not made themselves the puppets of Conservative governments many times in the past:

It is impossible to condemn the people for the Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ riot when we know it is entirely possible that it was engineered by Priti Patel and the police.

Source: Bristol Kill the Bill protest ‘shameful’, says Marvin Rees – BBC News

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9 thoughts on “Did POLICE turn Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ protest into a riot?

  1. gfranklinpercival

    We are many, although at 71 it won’t be long before my body is fit only to stem ammunition on the barricades!

  2. Martin Odoni

    It was noticeable from the video of the police van being shaken up that the troublemakers all appeared to be gathered at the back of the march. That sounds pre-arranged to me. If rioters were in the crowd as individuals and joining at random, they’d be in every row of people. But somehow they all apparently turned out to be at the back. As if someone arranged for all of them to meet there…?

  3. Sylvia Mason

    The antifa = under cover police,

    The government have been using ‘agent provocateurs’ since at least the late 1700’s with so much success in repeatedly taking our liberties using this method, so why would they stop now???

    They haven’t!

    Did the people vandalizing statues get arrested?

    NO! why because cops don’t arrest under cover cops!

    Antifa = UNDERCOVER COPS!!!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’m not sure you can equate a real movement against fascism with undercover police. Does anyone else have evidence for/against this?

  4. Annabella

    yes they did, they horse charged people who were sitting down peacefully and then there was a w***er with a baton randomly hitting people and things escalated from there. i was watching the live feed for most of the event, and the major trouble makers were likely also police protagonists as well.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Yes, I’ve seen video evidence apparently showing people in plain clothes chatting with uniformed police before going into the crowd and stirring up violence.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      And do you know everything about the circumstances in which the image was taken? They might not have had time to react. They might have had problems of their own. I don’t know. Do you?

  5. burtthebike

    It is extremely interesting that the msm has dropped this story like a hot potato, and haven’t reported police violence, but then, we know who owns and runs the msm. When we have police attacking peaceful protesters, we are well down the road to fascism.

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