On Sunday 30 January, three UK Uncut protesters were hospitalised when police attacked them with pepper spray. The Guardian has written a report of the incident.
The use of more advanced weaponry by the police on defenceless young protesters, on relatively small demonstrations, is ominous. It means that in advance of larger protests, and more widespread local protests against council cuts, the police are trying to make the use of violence in ‘public order’ policing politically acceptable.
Using dangerous chemical sprays on people’s eyes is not acceptable – and we must not let it become a normal part of political life for people to be hospitalised for taking part in a protest!
John McDonnell MP has tabled an Early Day Motion protesting against the use of CS gas on protesters. Anti-cuts campaigners should support it, and publicise it.