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UK: SSDD

While Peiper takes a much needed few days off, I’m trying to cover the happenings in the whole British Isles. This is mostly new territory for me, so I’ll try not to be a total muggins. I was a little confused at first when I saw the teaser for the story (thanks for the heads up Christopher) and thought it was just a follow-up piece to the Riots Renamed Uprising we carried the other day. I was wrong. That was in Brixton. This one was in Bristol. Bristol is a city on the north coast of south west England alongside the Bristol Estuary, that pointed body of water between the English area that I always think of as Cornwall, and Wales on the other side. The estuary is actually the mouth of the Severn River, and at the east end of the estuary, 50 or so miles further on, where it actually becomes the real river is the city of Gloucester. At least one branch of my family came from this general area a long time ago, while another branch lived a bit to the south of Bristol and made their getaway from the southern port of Weymouth, where the second story (under the fold) in this post took place.

Both stories show that the minions of government over there are getting out of control. The first story shows that a fair number of the people there are out of control as well. The never ending mess in the UK that just goes from bad to worse to worser is a nasty bellwether for the USA, as every day here brings us closer to the Socialist/Anarchist disaster of a national suicide that they brought down on their own heads by deliberate action. God Save The Queen, but throw us a life ring too before we’re also swept over the falls.



Riot In Bristol: 8 Police Injured

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“Eight police officers and several protesters have been injured after a riot erupted in Bristol, sparked by a raid on a squat occupied by opponents of a newly opened Tesco Express store”

An uneasy calm returned to the scene of riots in Bristol yesterday with residents and local traders fearful of more violence over the bank holiday weekend. As local people in the Stokes Croft area took it upon themselves to clear up the damage after a night of violence, there was anger at the heavy-handed tactics used by police, some of whom had been armed with guns.

A dozen police officers remained at the scene and, in a bizarre twist following the scenes from the night before, squatters were having a party on the roof of the council-owned building that had been raided just 12 hours before.

While few of the hundreds of people who walked past and took pictures of the smashed Tesco Express store on a sun-drenched Cheltenham Road condoned the violence, most believed it had been inevitable.

Similar scenes had been witnessed a year ago when protesters against Tesco taking over the site of a former comedy club in the bohemian, cultural quarter of the city were forcibly evicted by bailiffs with the help of police. When the store finally opened last Friday, those same protesters had camped outside the store offering free fruit, vegetables and cake to people passing by, in an attempt to persuade people to boycott the store.

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The raided “squat”. I’d donate matches and petrol to be rid of this if it was in my neighborhood.

Some were living in the squat, known as ‘Telepathic Heights’, and as police in about a dozen riot vans turned up on Thursday night to raid the building – on a warm, Easter weekend evening, with people drinking in the many bars and cafes along the street, the latent frustration boiled over.

Gus Hoyt, the Green Party candidate for Ashley ward which includes the site of the Tesco store, said he had been terrified as the violence escalated, adding that the scenes reminded people of the riots in nearby St Pauls in the 1980s.

“I’m exhausted and disillusioned about what went on. There’s generally a positive attitude today, but people are scared about what will happen this weekend. People who remember the 1980s can’t believe this is happening again and lessons have not been learned.

“I had been cycling home and saw one of the policemen carrying a pistol. I asked him if it was a gun and he looked at me, shaking his head, and said ‘Of course it is, where have you been, mate?’

“The impression is that this was inevitable. More than 90% of people in the area who were asked whether they wanted the new Tesco said no, and they were completely ignored. I don’t condone violence in any way, but it was obvious this was going to turn ugly.”

Avon and Somerset police said their actions had been “fully justified” as they arrested four offenders who represented “a very real threat to the local community”. But Jonathan Taphouse, a photographer who lives nearby, added police seemed to be struggling to keep control of the situation.

Obviously they didn’t, and a melee ensued. Pictures here. But this may not be a case of uppity police and brainless government jobsworths doing their duty is a senseless and ham-fisted manner. According to some, the area is a festering mess of layabouts, drunks, and punks itching for a fight. The two sides to the situation:

on the left hand -

Rioters in Bristol have caused severe damage to a Tesco convenience store, following a botched operation, in which police now claim they were acting to prevent a petrol bombing of the store.
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The massive police operation started around 9pm in the Bristol Stokes Croft area. Officers in riot gear and full length shields - many of them from out of town - backed up by horses, vans and the police helicopter, forced their way into the squat and evicted the occupants. The operation was very heavy-handed and no explanations were offered for the action. And despite this, it was still relatively quiet in the area by around 10pm.
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What triggered the riot, however, was police with riot shields blocking off a major local junction, preventing residents getting to their own homes. A large crowd gathered, with the police facing off local people. After more than an hour of this provocative and aggressive action, elements of the crowd finally reacted and started throwing stones and bottles. A witness stated that it was almost as though the police, many of them from Wales, were looking for trouble.
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It is very easy to come on, po-faced and say there is no excuse for violence. But, in fact, when the plod have lost it, and are quite obviously lying through their teeth – and we know this is the case in too many situations - then violence is an eminently reasonable response.

This is what the politicians and the plods are going to have to learn. They have been taking the mick for so long that people just don’t give a damn any more. Where you would have once seen concern and anger about disorder, you will now seen amusement at the discomfort of the authorities, and only marginally concealed sympathy for the rioters.

and on the right -

However, the Stokes Croft is an area infested with a high proportion of pseudo-Marxist “eco hippies” and anarcho-hippies, not the sort of people we would not naturally support. But the authorities seem to have inflamed the situation - intentionally or otherwise, it is difficult to ascertain - giving planning permission to a Tesco shop bang in the centre of the area. A vocal element of the community have quite clearly expressed their opposition, although the real locals, as opposed to the eco-Nazis, are probably quite in favour.

On top of the eco-warriors, backing onto the area is St Pauls, known for its social deprivation and high unemployment, where “social mobility” is a skate board. It is well endowed with nihilist scrotes who are always ready and willing to trash the occasional plod-mobile, alongside pampered, middle-class students, who seem happy to join in the fun.

But there seems to have been some anticipation here, and a quite deliberate confrontational approach. The plods have been largely caught out, not helped out by their lack of intelligence.
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As for the eco-mob faction, many of their members have been afloat on a raft of public money. Furthermore, up to press, the council turned a blind eye to what has become “squat central”, a lawless ghetto for anarchists and benefits farmers, especially after the area has been blighted by development falures. Now the money is beginning to run out, the eco-mob is getting arsey. One weeps for the poor dears, as they take it out on over-paid public “servants”.
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Either way, though, this has only started.

The post linked above has more to say, along with plenty of pictures and videos.

Why didn’t the residents want a Tesco’s? (Tesco is a big chain supermarket) Perhaps because they already had two Best Markets, which the new Tesco’s will probably put out of business? It’s hard to accept that the hippies and anarchists would riot to Support Your Local Business, and even harder to believe that the local people in general would prefer two such dinky little dump stores to one big fresh shiny Tesco’s. But who can say?

And the “debate” is only just starting. Is it news, or is it spin?

Police say that actions taken during their robust operation in Bristol city centre overnight were fully justified. Protestors took to the streets after police carried out an operation to arrest four offenders who represented “a very real threat to the local community” from a property in Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft. Officers also seized a number of items following the arrest – including petrol bombs – which are currently being forensically examined. Acting on intelligence provided during the day, officers rolled out well-rehearsed plans at 9.15pm last night, closing Cheltenham Road before forcing entry into the building.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and another person on suspicion of threats to cause criminal damage with intent to endanger life. Following the operation, which was completed swiftly and effectively, groups of protestors began to gather in Cheltenham Road and surrounding streets in the Stokes Croft area and refused to disperse when asked by police officers. As minor fires were started and bottles, bricks and other objects were hurled at police, additional officers were bought in to assist their colleagues.

More than anything, it seems Stokes Croft residents wanted the police out of their neighbourhood, perhaps the most organic recent display of the anger and mistrust that many communities feel towards officers of the law.

This anger has come to a head in recent months after repeated high-profile reports of police violence against anti-cuts protesters. Some marginalised groups across the country, who have always suspected that the police are not on their side, are now prepared to fight them, given the least opportunity.

[ There are already 31 Tesco’s in Bristol. The new store makes it 32 ] Thousands have been campaigning for more than a year to stop Tesco opening in Stokes Croft, Bristol. The reasons for not wanting a Tesco in our community range from the impact on local shops and farmers through to deep concerns that the dominance of the supermarket model creates a risk of us not being able to feed ourselves in a future when oil prices soar. More than 2,500 petition cards were sent to Bristol City Council objecting to Tesco and 96% of the 700 people surveyed said they didn’t want another supermarket.

We have painstakingly played it by the rules, ... But at a packed planning committee meeting it became astonishingly clear that the council were too fearful of the financial implications to refuse Tesco permission to go ahead. Our community is well known for having people who, if they are silenced, will act in a way that will ensure they will be heard.

The rioting in Stokes Croft last night is the result of a community being entirely ignored – there are people who are more than willing to break the law to remain true to what they believe.

The store, however, is a red-herring. Police claims are fabrications. Multiple witnesses, whose stories cross-check and make much more sense, attest to this. All claim that there had been an attempt by bailiffs earlier on the Thursday afternoon to evict the squatters from the building – with no warning, despite they having been there eight years.
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The real problem, though, is that – like the politicians – the police are in the land of the fairies. Avon and Somerset Police continue to maintain that its officers’ actions had been “fully justified”, and are sticking to their story that the discovery of petrol bombs necessitated the arrest of four “offenders”, who represented “a very real threat”.

Thus, we are not even in the territory of “lessons learned”. Having provoked a full-blown riot, the police are not even aware that they have done anything wrong. So we get plod-in-chief Chief Constable Colin Port visiting the site to condemn “the attack on Tesco and other businesses”, when only the Tesco store was damaged. He then says: “It’s outrageous, completely out of order and will not be tolerated by the people of Bristol or the police”.




How do you tell the freedom fighters from the terrorists? Especially when you know the media is corrupt, often on both sides? If government is literally going hand in hand, or fist in glove, with big business, and ignoring the wishes of the people, whether they are actual taxpayers or not, is it their duty to cross the line that has already been crossed against them? Or should the laws be enforced regardless, and this neighborhood is just taking a lesson from the muzzies and other “disaffected youth” around EUrope who have built themselves “no go” zones the police will not dare penetrate? Isn’t that then anarchy? And is that a preferred state of being when government becomes violently excessive?

On the third hand, I’m inclined to side with the police, but I think they may have made a mess of things. Best to have just brought in the wrecking ball and started swinging. Or to hired ninjas and sent them in at night.


Meanwhile in Weymouth, a story to upset any true Englishman, or any pet owner ...

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/23/2011 at 05:27 PM   
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