jelco wrote:On a side-note I think the world is hugely overestimating the impact of this whole deal and I predict we will all have forgotten about this in a month,
The media and most people might forget about it that quick, but the political damage that's been done is going to be around for a long, long time.
Edit: Also, rioting is lame. Whenever people riot for lame reasons like tuition hikes, I'm all for sending in the police with tear gas and billy clubs.
The protests were planned to be peaceful.
London Metropolitan police have consistently been using the tactic known as 'kettling' for some years now. Even for minor, small, unlikely to flare-up protests.
This invloves pinning a large number of people into a small space and not letting them out. Already agitated people get a lot, lot, lot worse in that situation. I've been in it, many times. It is not nice, at all, to arrive somewhere with peaceful intentions and be responded to with police antagonism.
Back when I was a student, the polices' attitude was very different. They saw it as their job to assist
in peaceful protest. Now they seem to be doing their upmost to stall any real protest.
Whoever you vote for, the government wins.