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Glasgow Protest

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Walking through the centre of Glasgow this afternoon I began to pass dozens of vans full of police parked in all the streets. It turned out there was a protest against the occupation of Iraq by twenty or thirty students and the police had decided to send in hundreds of officers, mounted police, and mobile camera units, to deal with it. In one place, protesters being filmed by the police (which, let's face it, is just to make people feel that their identity as troublemakers is being recorded) were responding by photographing them with their cameraphones! In the end, the twenty or so people sat down in the road for about five minutes before a 'well timed' fire engine came around the corner, the police moved in, cleared the protesters off the road, and it was over. Nice to know the police are in control of this state.

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