As the first jail sentences have been handed down to protestors, Bristol based prisoner support group, Bristol ABC issued a statement of solidarity;
The crowd fought back after police officers attacked the crowd with batons and riot shields. Pepper spray was used indiscriminately, people were charged with police horses. The protesters fought back, seizing police riot shields, helmets and batons to defend themselves.
On this topic, the fundraiser is now at 31% of the goal of £30K.
What is notable is the disparity between a government who the courts have (repeatedly) been found to have broken the law – and nobody is in jail for that – and ordinary people who the courts have found to have broken the law, yet they do go to jail. It is almost as if there is one ‘law’ for them and another for us?
A short thread about how powerful people get away with allegedly breaking the law, while the rest of us are subject to its Kafkaesque grip. pic.twitter.com/6Ev3GtQw8M
— Alternative Bristol 🌍 (@Alt_Bristol_) January 26, 2021
Add to this that the police force themselves have also been found to be failing, yet they also don’t face any consequences? It is almost as if there is one ‘law’ for them and another for us?
They [the police] have intended to act professionally throughout and have done so…” and also “…where we [the police] fall short on some occasions”? So they both acted correctly throughout and also didn’t throughout? Still, the cops get to judge their own, something protestors don’t get to do.
So yeah, anytime somebody wants to pull ‘the law is the law’ card or ‘don’t break the law if you don’t want to face the consequences’ – application of the law seems to vary based on how rich and/or powerful you are?