Obviously, it is wrong and worrying if innocent protesters got beaten by the police. But there were so many people intent on violence at yesterday’s protest that the police were in a nigh-on impossible position. If they had not forcefully held the line, I really do not know what the hard core would have known. They didn’t seem to be interested in just symbolic gestures.
I’m told that the police are confident that they gathered a substantial amount of intelligence yesterday and will soon be in a position to arrest some of the ringleaders of the violent element. I hope this is the case because if these people carry on the way they are going, this is going to end with deaths on the street.