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27th July Critical Mass

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by DrRingDing, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Well-Known Member

    Hope people are ok
     
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  2. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  3. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model highway to hell

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  4. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    bet they've been carefully placed there too...
     
  5. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model highway to hell

    i would be grateful if people stopped the pointless chants of 'shame on you' in future. they don't work, they never have worked and they never will work.
     
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  6. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    I have been told nobody was gassed or injured
     
  7. harpo

    harpo Listening to Radio Jackie

    Ah. I didn't see any violence but I didn't stay in that spot for more than a couple of minutes.
     
  8. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model highway to hell

    i've been told a lot of things, not all of them true.
     
  9. DrRingDing

    DrRingDing PotValiantFenman

    I do have a preference for a good old fashioned "scum, scum, scum!"
     
  10. harpo

    harpo Listening to Radio Jackie

    Why? It's actually very Britshly polite. What do you suggest people say? Nothing?
     
  11. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model highway to hell

    'scum, scum, scum' as per suggestion in post 69

    you only say nothing once you've been nicked.
     
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  12. harpo

    harpo Listening to Radio Jackie

    Get ya.
     
  13. lighterthief

    lighterthief Well-Known Member

    I'm a supporter and previous participant of Critical Mass. But deliberately trying to cycle en-masse near the opening ceremony of the Olympics is fucking stupid. What did people think might happen?!
     
  14. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    I believe my information to be credible. But yes, we will see.
     
  15. fogbat

    fogbat Thus, I win.

    I suppose the obvious conclusion is that uniformed dickheads will act like uniformed dickheads.
     
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  16. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    it's not like they were going to do anything other than cycle past or stop for a bit, not like they were going to invade the stadium and probably realise that that might get them shot. why kettle and alledgedly beat them? why shouldn't they be allowed to proceed along the public highway?
     
  17. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model highway to hell

    allegedly. not how you did it. and i don't think there's much of the allegedly about it.
     
  18. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  19. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model highway to hell

    that's my line :mad:
     
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  20. gunneradt

    gunneradt Banned Banned

    It all went well, then
     
  21. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter marquistador

    Back home finally. Gutted it's turned out like this. My friend roughly pushed off her bike and jumped on by two coppers and arrested - for doing nothing more than trying to move away from the mayhem. Peaceful protest is dead. And this wasn't even a protest.

    No one wanted to disrupt the opening ceremony.

    But you're right if you're implying the police had to be seen to be doing something about this.

    I've got a massive story and loads of pics and stuff but it's too late and I need to go to bed. I need to retrieve her bike tomorrow and help her get home.

    Fuck this Olympics security clusterfuck shitstorm :mad:

    :(
     
  22. cesare

    cesare in a cereal box

    Glad you're back safe, you must be absolutely knackered.
     
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  23. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter marquistador

    FWIW I didn't see anyone get pepper sprayed. Doesn't mean it didn't happen though. The police were rough and in some cases very violent. The ride got split in half early on - we don't know what happened early on the other ride - but both rides managed to bump into each other in the middle of Old Street about 8pm and a massive 10 min spontaneous party happened in the middle of the road. That's what Critical Mass is all about. Not a fucking Olympic-busting national security threat.
     
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  24. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter marquistador

    Thanks.

    Yeah, on top of all this we cycled 20 miles today!
     
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  25. cesare

    cesare in a cereal box

    What happened with your friend? Night in the cells?
     
  26. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter marquistador

    Yep, Charing Cross. Which is a bit of a touch because originally they were gonna send people to police stations in Surrey or Hampshire! I've heard some may be let out fairly soon, before the morning.
     
  27. cesare

    cesare in a cereal box

    So they're not sending them to local stations to be dispersed quietly then?

    Anyway, hope she's OK and didn't make any comment to OB.
     
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  28. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter marquistador



    That ^^ looks like a pepper spraying to me. You can't actually see it. But you see the copper readying his spray, then pointing it, then...

    E2A - I'm not actually sure that's today. Forgive me until I can check. g'night
     
  29. cesare

    cesare in a cereal box


    You were pretty much spot on with that :D Apparently one of the bail conditions is not to enter the Borough of Newham in possession of a bicycle :D


    Apparently they bussed them to Croydon nick and delayed processing, so there's still about 20 arrestees on a bus there - having spent overnight without any food etc.
     
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  30. cesare

    cesare in a cereal box

    As I said last night, I think the OB really missed a trick here. They could have easily used that 2:1 ratio to give them a bloody escort to the stadium, arriving in style "ACAB but our bastards are the best in the world ect ect chiz chiz"
     

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