By Darryl Mason
One day, probably not too far away, depending on how many are killed or seriously injured in the tabloid predicted, hyped and hoped for riots at the G20 summit in London, this kind of information published by the UK Independent will be illegal to own, or share, or put into print :
One document, called "Guide to Public Order Situations", explains how to breach lines of riot police using a "snow plough" human formation; throw rape alarms to make it hard for the police to give orders; resist baton and horse charges using nets; and "de-arrest" seized protesters.The document in full is here, and the PDF is here.
It reads reasonable enough. They're not advocating violence, but organised resistance. Still, there seems to be a growing number of 'anarchists' getting plenty of media coverage in England who are demanding urban warfare in the streets of London this week. How many of them are professional agent provocateurs?
The British government and its militiarised police force have a slew of new 'anti-terror' legislation they're getting ready to introduce. A blood-soaked explosion of violence in London will provide the very excuse they need to justify a crackdown not on Islamic terrorists, but 'urban extremists', a descriptor which already appears to include anti-fascists, anti-globalisationists and animal rights activists.
Curiously, those fighting (non-violently for now) to stop global warming do not seem to be causing as much concern for the British government or its police as those who are opposed to global government, the bankrupting of a country and the maniacal propping up of fraudulent bankers and the mega-wealthy.
Scenes from the APEC protests in Sydney, in late 2007 :
Supposed anarchists (on the right) watch as the freshly geared-up 'anti-riot and public order'
police units arrive at the back of the main APEC march.
The riot squad arrived, expecting to find chaos that needed to be contained, but the masked, supposed anarchist group were kept from joining the main body of the march by a human blockade formed by other protesters who suspected they were agent provocateurs. There was no riot, and few arrests (that stuck).
I am proud to say that I was one of those who stepped in to keep the supposed anarchists from getting in amongst the many elderly people and young families marching , and thereby giving the police a reason to wade into the crowd, and test our their brand spanking new water cannon.
The spectacularly tabloid-media hyped 'APEC Riot!' did not become reality, because of non-violent intervention. Bizarrely enough, police came over and demanded I and others get out of the way of the ski-masked anarchist group because "they have a right to march, too". We refused to move out of the way, and mass arrests, property damage and injuries were avoided.
We also took the opportunity to tell the three dozen or so international media reporters and photographers who were hanging around, waiting for the promised riot that day, and the hundreds of tourists and passers-by watching on, that the group we refused to allow to join the march were suspected agent provocateurs, there to cause trouble, and that the police were demanding we allow the ski-masked, expensively dressed 'anarchists' to join the march. Surreal.
The public got very involved and started shouting questions at the police about why they would want ski-masked anarchists to join the peaceful march. Hundreds of people not involved with the march got a quick education in how peaceful marches can turn into horrific riots. When the riot squad turned up, in force, dozens of helmeted, baton-ready, body-padded police, with dogs, and the brand new water cannon, the 'anarchists' quickly packed up their very expensive, professionally printed signs and banners and left the scene. Even though they were still wearing ski-masks, not one police officer out of the many dozen standing around, followed the 'anarchists' to make sure they didn't start trouble elsewhere in the city. Strange, don't you think?
And you'd think at least one of the more than 40 mainstream media journalists there that day, who found the expected riot had been disabled, would find at least a few seconds of a story in such an unusual occurrence - protesters stopping ski-masked, suspiciously well-equipped anarchists from joining a peaceful march and the police demanding the human blockade be broken to let the anarchists through, right? Wrong.
Not one of the newspapers, current affairs shows or news wire agencies there that day even mentioned it.
Anti-anti-globalisation protesters at APEC.
More From The Orstrahyun On The APEC Protests And Police Tactics Here