Crivvens! Jings! And Help Ma Boab! Yesterday’s ‘Free Tommy’ demo in London turned into a tribute act to the far right riot in Dover, 2016, with red faced blokes chucking stuff about, getting angry with plod and showing themselves to be big hairy bawbags.
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So a very successful day out for the far right got a lot of negative coverage that inevitably focused on the ruck at the end rather than the large scale demo preceding it. Although the demo seized the headlines in all the news media, as we have said before, not all publicity is good publicity. Ask Max Clifford. Or Rolf Harris.
Like many other thugs on far right demos organised by the EDL or Football Lads Alliance, yesterday’s protesters were neither political activists nor demo savvy. They decided to kick off in the middle of London, one of the most extensively monitored square miles in the EU, and created a hullabaloo in Whitehall, Downing St. and Trafalgar Square. Wrong! Although there were only 5 arrests on the day the police would have been recording the demo as it happened and will now be going through the videos, from the riot backwards, tracing people’s movements to build a file on the perpetrators.
The Met is under pressure over an appalling number of knife attacks and murders on their manor so going through all that CCTV footage and arresting clueless racists on a drunken summer jolly is going to boost their conviction rate very nicely. Plod will be adding these images to a database of demonstrators, hooligans and anyone else they particularly dislike.
Plod were badly shown up yesterday and they will be looking for retribution. They lost control of the more lively demonstrators then legged it from a hostile bunch of rioters. Footage has been flying around social media showing them being assaulted by poorly dressed racists, panicking and heading for the fire exits pronto! Demonstrators confronted cops at Downing Street, a bus was attacked and taken over, and plod were pushed back by a violent crowd throwing traffic cones and other stuff. Given the amount of eejits running round the Met will have fun deciding whose houses to raid for a cup of tea and a bun at 6am.
Obviously, the riot footage is infinitely more entertaining than pictures of flags, union jack shorts and beery bonhomie so this gets the digital front page thus ensuring that the demo will be remembered, not as a successful mobilisation of 1,000s, but as a soccer hooligan’s violent rehearsal for this years World Cup. Just remember lads, next time you’re on a demo and it kicks off, putting your t-shirt round your face isn’t going to erase the CCTV footage that’s already been taken, otherwise you’ll be off to Wickes for a new back door. If they don’t remand you.
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