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Apr. 1st, 2009 | 08:44 pm

One of the things you will be seeing tomorrow (and perhaps already today) is a selection of amusingly obvious posed photographs of "protestor violence at the G20 demonstrations".

ready for my close-up

is this my best side?

I had BBC News24 streaming for much of the day, and the awful "attack on a Royal Bank of Scotland branch" (empty, though mysteriously un-boarded-up and near to where protesters were deliberately kettled and repeatedly hit) was the number one topic when "interviewing" demonstrators - read, asking them stupid questions. They'd talk about lots of people being pushed around, knocked over and hit with batons for no reason, and the interviewer would say "but protestors smashed up a Royal Bank of Scotland branch" as if that made it all right. That's balanced journalism for you; "clashes between protestors and police".

Anyway, they did have footage of this but it was all stuff like the above, or worse. You will notice the fact that the one or two "protestors" are entirely surrounded by photographers, and that the windows have obviously already been smashed. In the camera footage, it was even more obvious that this was a staged display well after the event. In fact, the people throwing random bits of rubbish through already broken windows were surrounded by journalists four or five deep, and posed carefully to make sure they were seen - one guy was smirking to the camera and making sure everyone was ready before he threw his bit of metal.

The only actual footage of "clashes" was mysteriously cut off very quickly as soon as the police charged in (for it was always the police involved).

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Nina

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from: janinazew
date: Apr. 1st, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Channel 4 had some footage of the RBS window actually being smashed by someone who was very, very careful to conceal his face.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Apr. 1st, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like actual real footage. Doubt that will be very visible tomorrow.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Apr. 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I've just watched that now - http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184614595?bctid=18282385001

A bunch of people smashing windows with journos surrounding them, of an RBS building oddly without boarded windows, and cops were inside it but let them do so? And only two arrests? Mm.

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Nina

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from: janinazew
date: Apr. 1st, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I don't understand why the windows weren't covered. I can see that some of the shots are set up and police can't always break lines to arrest people in those situations but why the windows aren't boarded up has confused me.

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Nina

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from: janinazew
date: Apr. 1st, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
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... and that's regardless of the building. I would have thought that any empty building with windows at street level should have been sorted in the last day or so and the police clearly failed to advise businesses properly.

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