SCOTLAND YARD VALUTA L’IMPIEGO DEI CANNONI AD ACQUA PER SEDARE LE PROTESTE STUDENTESCHE
Mano pesante delle forze di sicurezza contro le proteste studentesche dopo l’attacco subito dal Principe Carlo e Consorte durante la protesta studentesca a Londra contro l’aumento sproporzionato delle tasse di iscrizione universitarie. Scotland Yard prende contatti con la PSNI
Scotland Yard è in contatto con il Police Service of Northern Ireland per valutare l’eventuale impiego dei cannoni ad acqua in previsione di future proteste studentesche, reazione all’aumento per 9.000 sterline annue delle tasse di iscrizione.
La notizia segue i commenti di Ian Paisley Jr (DUP): “Come partito, abbiamo votato contro la proposta del governo di aumentare le tasse universitarie per £ 9.000 per anno e siamo in grado di comprendere appieno l’opposizione a queste proposta”.
“Tuttavia, nulla può giustificare l’orgia di violenza che è diventato sinonimo delle proteste.”
Vittime illustri delle violenze, Carlo e la consorte Camilla quando l’auto su cui viaggiavano a Londra è stata attaccata dagli studenti in protesta.
“L’Home Secretary dice di dover ‘ancora ad approvare’ l’uso di cannoni ad acqua da parte della polizia sulla terraferma, ma credo sia giunto il momento che la polizia valuti l’opzione.”
Chiamati ad esprimersi sull’eventuale impiego dei cannoni ad acqua in queste circostanze, i parlamentari ieri hanno dichiarato di non ritenerla una tattica ‘necessaria’. Ma Bob Broadhurst a capo della Metropolitan Police ha ribattuto che sarebbe folle non considerare l’impiego dei cannoni ad acqua quale deterrente nelle manifestazioni di protesta a Londra.
La National Union of Students and University of London ha riferito di non essere al corrente di manifestazioni in programma per la giornata di oggi, ma un gruppo che si auto definisce Education Activist Network ha dichiarato che centinaia di studenti avrebbero pianificato una manifestazione pacifica nei pressi di New Scotland Yard in supporto del ventenne Alfie Meadows, che dovrà essere sottoposto ad un’operazione al cervello dopo essere stato presumibilmente colpito con un manganello dalla polizia durante gli scontri dello scorso giovedì.
I manifestanti dovrebbero poi proseguire verso il palazzo del Parlmento dove in serata è in programma una votazione alla House of Lord.
(Scatto di Andrew McConnell)
Protest police ‘should have NI cannons option’ (UTV)
Scotland Yard is in talks with the PSNI over the possibility of borrowing water cannons from Northern Ireland to deal with any violence at future protests over university fee hikes.
It comes after DUP MP Ian Paisley told the House of Commons on Monday that the option should be available to police forces in London and across the UK.
Speaking from Westminster Mr Paisley said: “As a party, we voted against the Government’s proposal to increase student tuition fees to as much as £9,000 per year and we can fully understand the opposition which exists to those proposals.
“However, nothing can justify the orgy of violence which has become synonymous with the fees protests.”
Last Thursday, disturbances broke out at student demonstrations in Belfast and Londonderry, with the worst of the violence – including an attack on a car carrying the Prince of Wales – in London.
In previous weeks, thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused at the Tories’ Headquarters at Millbank and police officers had a narrow escape when a fire extinguisher was hurled from the roof.
“Burning Christmas trees and swinging on flags from the cenotaph is not making any political statement, but it is just reckless violence carried out by people using the fees issue as cover,” Mr Paisley added.
“The Home Secretary says she has ‘yet to approve’ the use of water cannon by police on the mainland, but I believe it is time that police had that option.”
The capital is braced for further protests on Tuesday, as the House of Lords debates the controversial plans by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government to raise tuition fees to as much as £9,000.
But it’s not thought likely that Northern Ireland’s six water cannons would be used if trouble flared as the approval of Home Secretary Theresa May would be required first.
She told MPs on Monday that she did not believe the tactic was necessary.
But the head of the Metropolitan Police public order branch, Commander Bob Broadhurst, later said it would be “foolish” not to consider whether water cannon were appropriate for policing protests in London. He stressed there were “no current plans” to use them and promised there would be no “knee-jerk reactions” to last week’s violence.
The National Union of Students and University of London Union said they had no demonstrations planned for Tuesday.
But a group calling itself the Education Activist Network said that hundreds of students plan to ‘kettle’ the police by linking arms around New Scotland Yard. It’s in support of 20-year-old Alfie Meadows, who needed brain surgery after allegedly being struck by a police truncheon at last Thursday’s protest.
Demonstrators will then move on to Parliament for the evening’s Lords vote.
- Met ‘in talks’ over water cannon (bbc.co.uk)
- Police say Theresa May would be foolish to rule out water cannon use in riots (dailymail.co.uk)
- Police braced for more protests (mirror.co.uk)
- Tuition fees protests: The devastating effects of water cannons revealed (dailymail.co.uk)
- Demo water cannons ‘not ruled out’ (mirror.co.uk)
- Chaos over water cannon plan as police say Theresa May would be foolish to rule out use in riots (dailymail.co.uk)
- Footage shows protester dragged from wheelchair (independent.co.uk)
- Home Secretary in U-turn on water cannon (telegraph.co.uk)
- Police braced for more student protests over fees (independent.co.uk)
- Home Secretary Faces Student Protests Quiz (news.sky.com)
- Tuition fees protests: students plan to ‘kettle’ Scotland Yard (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘Police tried to throw my son out of hospital’ (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- Police release images of tuition fee protest suspects (guardian.co.uk)
- London Protestor Vows to Continue Fight (abcnews.go.com)
- Police believe ‘organised thugs’ infiltrated fees protest (independent.co.uk)
- New arrests over student protests (mirror.co.uk)
- New arrest over student protests (mirror.co.uk)
- Gilmour Bailed As Cops Hunt Student Rioters (news.sky.com)
- Four More Wanted Over Fees Protest Disorder (news.sky.com)