Did Metropolitan Police Incite the G20 Crowd?

Lib Dem MP Tom Brake was caught up in the April 1st G20 protest and has made yet another serious allegation against the Metropolitan Police:

“When I was in the middle of the crowd, two people came over to me and said, ‘There are people over there who we believe are policemen and who have been encouraging the crowd to throw things at the police,'” Brake said. But when the crowd became suspicious of the men and accused them of being police officers, the pair approached the police line and passed through after showing some form of identification.

Brake has produced a draft report of his experiences for the human rights committee, having received written statements from people in the crowd. These include Tony Amos, a photographer who was standing with protesters in the Royal Exchange between 5pm and 6pm. “He [one of the alleged officers] was egging protesters on. It was very noticeable,” Amos said. “Then suddenly a protester seemed to identify him as a policeman and turned on him. He ­legged it towards the police line, flashed some ID and they just let him through, no questions asked.”Met

So here’s the question – after the Met itself pre-emptively promised violence, despite no evidence any was ever on the cards from protesters, did they decide to incite it themselves anyway? If it were true it would add considerable substance to the argument that their tactic of ‘kettling’ isn’t about crowd control, but is used to incite crowd violence.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We would never deploy officers in this way or condone such behaviour.”

Pretty much clinches it for me…

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