And in the aftermath, as soon as the all-party condemnnation is out of the way, the political sniping begins. Blame someone else for building materials being available. Blame the minister for justice for there not being enough police. IMO, the minister for justice is the biggest threat to civil liberties currently in government and should have resigned several times already this year over other matters but in this case, I don't belive him culpable. The political tack is that whatever you do, don't blame the fuckers with the bottles full of petrol, the ones who chose to tear down the fences to get at bricks to throw.
The media reportage is a little different, probably because some of the rioters specifically targeted journalists, called one particularly well known one an Orange bastard and dragged him into the crowd and beat him.
I missed most of this. I went to the cinema up around where the parade was supposed to start and never did because the rioting around the corner started first. When the film was over, I left, hearing alarms behind me but didn't think much of it as scumbag kids let off smoke bombs a lot around there. I went through M&S to buy a pair of tights and people started running past me, screaming 'get out of the shop'. The riots never made it there, it was just senseless panic. Still most places closed, imo mainly to get the shutters down, and there were police running everywhere, including some portly specimens obviously more used to desk duty. I zigzagged calmly southwest a bridge or two and then settled down for a coffee and waited for the chaos to pass.
I am very angry.
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