31 March 2011

The real message

Theresa May told MPs that 149 of the more than 200 demonstrators arrested during violent clashes with police had now been charged. "The message to those who carry out violence is clear," she said. "You will be caught and punished." But 138 of those charged were peaceful protesters inside Fortnum's. The real message is: if you are violent the police won't bother with you, but if they can arrest you easily then they will do so.

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