(en) Liverpool Dockers/RTS on Police riot

Andrew Flood (ANFLOOD@macollamh.ucd.ie)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 12:54:13 +0100 (BST)

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Liverpool Dockers and Reclaim The Streets

Joint Statement

Sacked Liverpool dockers today re-iterated their support and respect for Reclaim the Streets, and all those ecological groups who took part in the peaceful demonstration for social justice on Saturday 12th April.

Prior to our celebration in London, press coverage in the capital appeared intent on provoking a climate of violence in which a "poll- tax" riot was to be expected. Such irresponsible journalism often manufactures events before they materialise. Similarly, the police embarked upon arrests on the Friday afternoon for "incitement to cause affray" when supporters distributed a free broadsheet. Such suppression of free speech only served to heighten tension prior to Saturday's demonstration. On Saturday, others were arrested for "attempted murder". Both sets of charges were dropped.

The presence of over 1,000 riot-police on the march destroyed the peaceful carnival atmosphere that had previously been planned jointly with the Metropolitan Police. Whole sections of the capital had been sealed off with riot police refusing marchers the right to leave the area. Thus, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation was allowed to dominate the march.

Nevertheless, isolated incidents gained notoriety whilst evidence of police violence against peaceful demonstrators went unreported.

The sacked Liverpool dockers have always welcomed Reclaim's support ensuring a mutual respect that after this march has been strengthened.

The Liverpool dockers wish to express their gratitude to the London Support Group for organising a most successful demonstration in which over 20,000 people expressed their demands for social justice. *************************** About me -> http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/2419/andrew.html

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