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Twelve people have been arrested after a large group of protesters clashed with police outside the Houses of Parliament over plans to criminalise squatting.


Around 150 people gathered in Parliament Square in Westminster shortly after midnight in the pre-planned demonstration agains the legislation changes.


Violence flared as officers using batons and loud hailers attempted to disperse the crowd. The majority of protesters moved away from the scene peacefully, but around 50 people refused to leave claiming they were holding a Halloween picnic.

They were held within a police cordon and a number were arrested before the area was cleared by around 3am, eyewitnesses said.

“We tried to leave, we were kettled,” protestor Ellwynnnnn wrote on Twitter. “Now we're being beaten up, pressure points are being used. I'm terrified.”

Piombo, also writing on the social networking site, added: “At least 24 vans of cops meet at Parliament Square.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...squatting.html


Well done police.

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It happens a lot here in murica


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It happens a lot here in murica


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and yet we are shameless enough to tell other countries how not to use tear gas on protesters. well beating them is even worse!
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and yet we are shameless enough to tell other countries how not to use tear gas on protesters. well beating them is even worse!
Is police brutality common in the UK? Just wondering


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Is police brutality common in the UK? Just wondering


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not sure.
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Excellent, these are the most extreme kinds of scroungers or those who are supportive of scroungers.
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Watched video, saw no beatings.
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Squatting should be illegal, but non-violent protesters shouldn't be beaten.
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Amazing how someone can tweet whilst being beaten. Yes the police sometimes get too rough with people. However to try to compare it with what goes on in the countries we condemn is laughable.
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Is police brutality common in the UK? Just wondering


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It doesn't happen often in 'ordinary' situations like routine arrests or at police stations, but there have been regular reports of it during demonstrations, particularly ones the authorities don't have much toleration for. There was a lot of police violence against students for example when there were mass protests in London against tuition fees. The use of 'kettling' tactics (bunching together demonstrators behind tight cordons so that they can't march and keeping them caged in for long periods) has often been coupled with brutality by the police in London, for example attacks on female demonstrators by male officers.
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Amazing how someone can tweet whilst being beaten. Yes the police sometimes get too rough with people. However to try to compare it with what goes on in the countries we condemn is laughable.
So, for example, did you think it was just being 'too rough' when Ian Tomlinson was struck to death without provocation by the usual suspects from the TSG?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Ian_Tomlinson

Or perhaps police conduct at the University of London less than a year ago was just a bit of rough horseplay and nothing to worry about?
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...sity-of-london

A casual foreign observer might also wonder if police tactics against elderly and disabled protests leave something to be desired in the human rights department.
https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourc...ed%20protester
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Squatting should be illegal, but non-violent protesters shouldn't be beaten.
Agree completely.
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You don't exactly have your finger on the pulse of British politics, do you? That happened in 2011. Squatting has been illegal for years now.

Whatever next? Perhaps you could quote a report on police activity during the miners' actions against the Thatcher government?
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You don't exactly have your finger on the pulse of British politics, do you? That happened in 2011. Squatting has been illegal for years now.

Whatever next? Perhaps you could quote a report on police activity during the miners' actions against the Thatcher government?
You seem a little highly strung. What's up?

Maybe they meant to post on this one?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...london-protest
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Maybe they meant to post on this one?
Why? How could the peaceful and non-violent arrest of a protestor in 2014 be relevant to accusations of police brutality in 2011?
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So, for example, did you think it was just being 'too rough' when Ian Tomlinson was struck to death without provocation by the usual suspects from the TSG?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Ian_Tomlinson

Or perhaps police conduct at the University of London less than a year ago was just a bit of rough horseplay and nothing to worry about?
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...sity-of-london

A casual foreign observer might also wonder if police tactics against elderly and disabled protests leave something to be desired in the human rights department.
https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourc...ed%20protester
Your going to compare this to what goes in China where they use plain clothes thugs to attack people? Christ the fact you even hear about these events puts us on a higher playing field than most of the world. Our policing has issues, obviously, and instances like the above need to be condemned and their root case dealt with. But I'd take British policing over that which is found in most of the world any day of the week.
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Knowing the sort of people who would protest at this sort of thing, the police would have been better off charging at them with some soap.
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and yet we are shameless enough to tell other countries how not to use tear gas on protesters. well beating them is even worse!
Police restrained. Protestors claimed they were beaten.

You tend to find protest groups pushing and agenda tend to use emotive terminology to get support.

If protestors were beaten we'd see many in hospital with injuries consistent with a beating such as blunt trauma injuries.
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Police restrained. Protestors claimed they were beaten.

You tend to find protest groups pushing and agenda tend to use emotive terminology to get support.

If protestors were beaten we'd see many in hospital with injuries consistent with a beating such as blunt trauma injuries.
Agree agree agree agree x9999

The most witty reply by far.

Protestors often try to potray themselves as victims. Not just in uk but also at other parts of the world even though the police have allowed them to occupy public places and obstruct traffic for nearly a month now.

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You seem a little highly strung. What's up?

Maybe they meant to post on this one?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...london-protest
That was what I was searching for :facepalm2: but it was so poorly covered I ended posting the wrong news. My fault.

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