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it comes after a week of intense demonstrations across the world that do not look set to abate anytime soon. once again, thank you for following along and solidarity with all here and across the world fighting against police brutality and racism.
it’s been a day of huge numbers, very long stretches of chanting and rage mixed with small bursts of clashes and violence, ending once again in a kettle and now roving groups of protestors throughout this part of the city.
the demonstrators sprint as the police leg it after them. some attempt to get the group to run down a dead end but it’s aborted just in time. group of around 50 -100 continue to move. someone tips over a big bin and attempts to move it to the middle of the road but it’s aborted.
a riot van now appearing from behind. there’s confusion on the ground here as the group moves towards victoria. protesters using metal fences from dept of business energy and industrial strategy to form barricades to slow the police down.
there are further riot vans steaming towards the square along millbank. the crowd runs towards the abbey. protestors have blocked at least 6 vans from advancing and cops swarm out of it. protestors arm themselves with cones and traffic management fences.
the tactic was the subject of a human rights challenge in the european court of human rights in 2011 following the kettling of people in the may day riots of 2001. it was ruled not to breach human rights of protestors.
... leave. depending on whether they have certain public order sections in effect this is either lawful or not. kettling was famously used at the student protests in 2010 where students (including yours truly) were held for up to 9 hours.
to those asking in the replies - kettling is a controversial containment tactic used by the police whereby they surround a crowd or group and refuse to let them leave for extended periods of time. sometimes they attempt to make you give your details before you’re allowed to...
in previous demos this week, the police have surprised the crowds with the kettle. it’s clearly had a lasting impact bc for the last couple of hours ppl have been consistently warning of an incoming kettle. when it came, they were ready which means it’s been less successful today
desperately trying to avoid getting kettled got a fourth time in a week(!) so i’m staying back off of whitehall. it’s hard to see what’s going on but you can hear the noise of the jeers and chants above the din of the helicopter hovering overhead.
they’ve just kettled the protest. i managed to get in the other side of it by legging it just as the closed it off. fireworks and projectiles thrown. running battles in the street outside of kettle. hard to say what’s happening in it but i can see fireworks going off.
they’ve formed a line across the street outside downing street as some kneel in front of them, others shout. another line arrives and chaos erupts again. fireworks are being thrown and exploding in and above the crowd.