Instead they chose to surround everyone in the area outside Euston Station with a line of policemen in riot gear, often two or three deep. They moved in by charging at us in lines. By 7.30pm hundreds of people were penned into a small area. The police charged us from both sides at once, using truncheons and shields.
For two hours, the police terrified us, charging forward about every 15 minutes, rarely provoked. I saw nothing thrown in this time, and heard little taunting - but a lot of pleading, and sometimes chanting, to be set free.
It took another hour, with some morale-boosting guitar-playing and singing, to be quietly and peacefully let out. I was told I was required to give my name, address and date and place of birth. I did absolutely nothing wrong that day, and neither did the vast majority of those imprisoned for three hours by riot police. We were not a "masked mob"; we were virtually all peaceful protesters who were trapped and terrified like animals.
It appals me that the police have the power to behave like this. At one point, a riot policeman said to me: "Maybe this will stop you coming back next time." Of course I will come back next time, and I will, again, protest legally and peacefully against the current path of capitalism and globalisation. The police are trying to radicalise a perfectly reasonable point of view.
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