Chants of 'when they say cut back we say fight back' and 'no ifs no buts no public sector cuts,' were shouted through the windows to the council chamber, a police officer attempted to single out a young man and use force to take him away from the group, as this gathered attention from the crowd the police gave up and decided to speak to him at the scene.
'This has escalated and is no longer a peaceful protest, please move back to by the entrance,' so our behaviour would be entirely peaceful again if we moved 10 yards down the road? We maintained our peaceful protest on the grounds that the police officer was making a request not an order and had no legislation to enforce his demand.
As he walked away the officer was seen frantically on his radio, and soon after a group of officers walked off around the corner, people became suspicious of a kettle, and then a large group of matrix police led by the two horses came around the corner, the horses were controlled right through the crowd (I say controlled because I dont believe the horses were acting maliciously, the police officers on their backs however had very malicious intentions),
'Theres no excuse for animal abuse' now replaced the anti cuts chants as the protesters escaped the kettle and headed onto Dale Street, protesters then blocked the road and where again walked at by the officers on horseback, as the police tactics turned less aggressive the group returned to chanting anti cuts slogans, the police then suddenly stormed the group, tackling and assaulting several protesters, the protesters had remained peaceful and had not provoked the attack. at least 4 have been arrested under 'section 5 public order.'
The protesters then began with anti police chants such as 'we won't take police brutality,' or 'no justice, no peace, fuck the police' as members of the public gathered they took the side of protesters and filmed the lengthy, violent arrests, the police on the horses continued to walk into people, seemingly just to prove they could.
After a stand-off protesters decided to seperate now would be dangerous so they walked people from Occupy Liverpool back to the building, they were followed by police who attempted to harrass and bully anyone who fell behing the main group, as the group surrounded and filmed one bullying incident the police got back in the van.
The group marched into Liverpool ONE as the bollards would stop the matrix van following them, but police followed on foot displaying tasers. the protesters then dropped the Occupy group at the new building and headed off as a group.
There is no news yet about those arrested, and I can't wait to read the Liverpool Echo's negative spin tomorrow.
I hope the police who attacked the protesters today are proud of themselves, and I hope they remember their actions when they lose their jobs, another incident to show those more liberally minded about how the police really act, whose best interests do they serve?
Picture: There is a protester under that pile, and police horses being used to block cameras (photographer: Michael Kirkham)