Saturday, 11 December 2010

The Blow to Alfie Meadows

News has come through of one casualty of the demonstrations against the government's education cuts in London on Thursday: Alfie Meadows, a philosophy student at Middlesex University, struck so hard on the head by a police baton that he has needed serious surgery. For more details on the story see the account in the Independent and the video from ITN News. This seems to have received significantly less attention in the mainstream media than have other stories from the demonstration. It is unlikely that such stories will lead to a serious review of confrontational police tactics on these occasions but it is worth pointing out that such injuries are the consequences of them.

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