Tuesday, 13 July 2010

"If one of those bubbles touches me, it's assault"

Yes, a young lady was arrested at the G20 demonstrations for blowing bubbles. Annoying, but hardly life-threatening.

It's the Canadian version of the Kingsnorth police injuries story. There, the government told Parliament that 70 officers were injured in the course of the £9.5 million policing operation at the climate protest.

70 officers were injured. Not by protestors, and not exactly seriously:
the Home Office minister Vernon Coaker wrote to the Lib Dem justice spokesman, David Howarth, saying: "Kent police have informed the Home Office that there were no recorded injuries sustained as a result of direct contact with the protesters."

Only four of the 12 reportable injuries involved any contact with protesters at all and all were at the lowest level of seriousness with no further action taken.
The other injuries reported included "stung on finger by possible wasp"; "officer injured sitting in car"; and "officer succumbed to sun and heat". One officer cut his arm on a fence when climbing over it, another cut his finger while mending a car, and one "used leg to open door and next day had pain in lower back".
A separate breakdown of the 33 patients treated by the police tactical medicine unit at the climate camp shows that three officers had succumbed to heat exhaustion, three had toothache, six were bitten by insects, and others had diarrhoea, had cut their finger or had headaches.

Still, the initial claim made some useful headlines portraying anyone who protests about anything as rabid violent extremists.

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