March 23, 2021
From The Free

Attack: this image from the Bristol Post was captioned “Bridewell police station under siege” but the only violence I see is by a policeman attacking a woman with a truncheon and a stick. What do you see?

It takes only one comment like this to reverse the narrative completely – and here it is, in two tweets:

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees may find himself on the receiving end of some very sharp reactions after he supported the police without waiting for the other side of the story!

He said: “Smashing buildings in our city centre, vandalising vehicles, attacking our police will do nothing to lessen the likelihood of the Bill going through. On the contrary, the lawlessness on show will be used as evidence and promote the need for the Bill.

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“This is a shameful day in an incredible year for Bristol.

“We have had numerous protests. Our police, city representatives and I have been able to point out with pride that we have faced these moments of conflict without the physical conflict that others have experienced. Those who decided to turn today’s protest into a physical confrontation and smash our city have robbed us of this.”

What will he have to say if it turns out to be true that the police are “those who decided to turn [the] protest into a physical confrontation and smash [the] city”?

Considering the way the police in London treated a peaceful vigil on Clapham Common; or the way a drunken policeman assaulted a woman on her way home from work and walked free from court after admitting it; or the fact that a policeman is accused of kidnapping and murdering another woman who was on her way home from work…

Considering all the allegations of racist behaviour notched up against the police – not just last year during the Black Lives Matter protests but going back through the decades…

Considering this…


[The Battle of Orgreave, during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5, was reported as happening because picketers attacked the police when in fact it was the police who attacked the picketers; reporters edited their footage to create a false story.]

Considering all of the above, it seems far more likely that the police were responsible for the violence in Bristol last night, rather than a few hundred people who were, at the time, sitting down.

If those people defended themselves, this is no reason to condemn them or their protest for descending into violence. Everybody has the right to defend themselves against unprovoked violent attack, no matter whether the attacker is in a uniform or not.


If Bristol’s police were ordered to turn this event into a riot so their political leaders could use it as justification for the draconian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that will permit them to inflict brutal oppression on innocent people, then the plan appears to have backfired.

The peaceful protest was mostly over by the time they came out from the Bridewell. From a high point of around 3,000 people, their own figures say only around 500 were left when the violence began.

The others, having made their point, had gone home. No matter who started the violence, they have been smeared by the police claims.

And observers elsewhere have demonstrated that they are unimpressed by the protestations of the police and politicians – pointing out the future of protest under the Police Bill:


At the end of the day, there is a big question to be answered – and it’s one that would not even be considered if the police had not made themselves the puppets of Conservative governments many times in the past:


COMPLETE CHAOS Breaks OUT IN BRISTOL, UK: War Against The Police – Vehicles Torched, Station Ransacked, K9s Hit with Mortar

By Tayler Hansen Published March 21, 2021 at 6:18pm 670 Comments SHARED WITH THANKS!

Complete chaos broke out in Bristol, UK due to a bill that would expand police powers and install harsher penalties on protestors.

K-9’s are being hit with mortars, and police vehicles are being set on fire.

Rioters celebrated as a police van was engulfed in flames.

Alon Aviram, C0-Founder of The Bristol Cable: News, Investigations & Events | The city’s media co-operative. has been providing live coverage on the unrest in Bristol tonight.

In a matter of 15 minutes, rioters breached the police station shattering multiple windows.
At least one police vehicle was destroyed.
Protestors are heard chanting “Kill the bill” in reference to a bill that would widely expand police powers in the UK.
Protestors are heard chanting “Kill the bill” in reference to a bill that would widely expand police powers in the UK.
Multiple police vehicles were completely destroyed in the rioting tonight.

For updates on the unrest in Bristol, you can follow: (7) Alon Aviram (@AlAviram) / Twitter