It was clear however that there was a masked minority of highly organised activists, scarves over faces, who used peaceful protesters as a cover to commit criminal damage and incite now sunbaked and inebriated young people to join in.
Real direct action protesters do not need to hide their faces. Although not always legal, their actions are always morally defensible and they are prepared to be arrested for their actions and then defend them in court, where the issues get fully explored. They offer no resistance to police.
I feel used and ashamed to have been part of this demonstration, when we, the peaceful masses, were betrayed by the yobbish minority. These people made a peaceful protest into a mockery and cut off any chance of future protests, growth of the movement or serious debate on the issues involved.
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