From mid-afternoon they came, in their hundreds, to the gates of Television Centre, waving banners, lighting flares and chanting "BBC! Shame on you."Oh, that’s good, is it? Well, I suppose it is, in the sense that people are free to have their say, so long as no-one gets hurt.
Wooden poles that held placards were thrown at the four-deep cordon of police. By the time filming began at around 7.30pm, six people had been arrested and three police officers had been injured. One was taken to hospital with a head injury.As I said over at another blog: ‘Riot shields. Water cannon. Job done…’
Shimal Thakrar, 33, from Edgware, London, said the audience hissed and booed during the filming and shouted "liar" and "get out the door" at Mr Griffin.You’re a little early for pantomime season, aren’t you? Also a bit old…
But it’s the UAF idiot that reveals the true danger in our society today.
And that isn’t the temporary political success of a small left-wing nationalist party:
Martin Smith, the Unite Against Fascism organiser, who directed protesters to the gate at Television Centre through which many surged, had vowed to resist police attempts to break up the demonstration and insisted it was essentially peaceful. But he did admit that one far-right supporter had been attacked earlier in the afternoon. "A guy came with a BNP banner. That was ripped from him and he was hit on the head, but you have to expect that if you come to an anti-fascist demonstration with a BNP banner," said Mr Smith.No.
No, you don’t, any more than a black man or woman has to ‘expect’ to have racist violence directed at them because they inadvertently wandered into a BNP rally.
Both are wrong. And the fact that you can’t see that makes you even worse than Griffin…