"Police attack Gaza demonstration in London.
Riot police trap protestors in Hyde Park underpass."
So (according to Socialist Unity - the stopwar site has been hacked, by the Zionist Entity no doubt) sayeth the Stop The War Coalition, or whatever they're now called. George Galloway was apparently most upset.
Doesn't look like that from this video, of Her Majesty's Finest retreating from a band of doubtless peace-loving sons of the Prophet the Saturday before last.
How quickly history moves. Before 9/11 and despite the Rushdie affair, radical Islamists in the UK were a curio, presented as a comedy act by people like Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson.
So I drove Omar into town by a route that avoided Soho. We passed a poster advertising the Spice Girls' debut album.
"Such a very stupid thing," mumbled Omar. "Spicy Girls."
"What will become of the Spice Girls when Britain is transformed into an Islamic nation?" I asked.
"They will be arrested immediately," he replied. "They will not even be existing in an Islamic state. OK. We can go on. Turn right at the lights."
Even after 9/11 and 7/7 there was a police escort for people carrying banners saying 'Butcher those who insult Islam'.
Now we seem to have moved into a new phase.
(hat-tip - Beer n Sandwiches and the Pub Philosopher)
UPDATE - via JuliaM, this police blog (with more video) on the demo a week later.
As usual we had been told that our role was to facilitate the lawful demonstration and that we were effectively 'community Policing' unless the situation changed and things became violent. Crucially, we were told that despite the fact that nearly every march relating to the Gaza/Israel situation had experienced violence, this was not sufficient evidence to suggest that THIS march would become violent. As such, because the senior officers are so afraid of offending the wrong people, we were NOT in possession of riot helmets or shields which were left on the carriers, although we all were in our protective gear and coveralls under the yellow jackets. We were wearing our normal everyday beat helmets and to say some were not happy about that would be a slight understatement.You won't be too amazed to learn that it doesn't end well.