Witnesses will confirm that the stewards were at great pains to keep the march moving on a route imposed by police, in the face of strong vocal opposition from some sections of the crowd, and despite an impasse created by that rerouting. The result was a stage set for conflict, with the attentions of the media contributing to a heavily charged atmosphere.
In fact the stewards, caught between the over-enthusiastic marchers and somewhat precipitous police action, performed a thankless task with admirable determination.
That the message of the protest was lost in the hail of missiles thrown by a tiny minority of idiotic activists should not be attributed to the stalwart and principled actions of its organisers.
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