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- Many argued the police were punishing everyone, rather than the handful of troublemakers.
- Ben Mann, 24, a London University student, said: “It’s not good. It makes people more angry. I don’t understand how they have the right to hold people in one place.
- “It really angered people when they did this at the G20 protests. A policeman just told me this was the end of protests as we know it, which was pretty scary.”
- Tom, a 23-year-old Sussex University student who didn’t want to give his surname, said: “They’re trying to deter people from protesting.
- “They’re not accusing us of any crimes, so why have they done it? This is preventing us getting our message across.”
- Sophie Battams, 17, from Dagenham, Essex, said: “The kettling is causing the violence.
- “If you put a lot of angry people in one area, it will escalate to this.”
- “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If they coop people up like caged animals, they’ll act like caged animals.
- “It was peaceful at first, then it got violent as people wanted to make their point. I just want to go home now.
The containment tactic was first used to hold off demonstrators in Oxford Circus on Mayday 2001. It was declared legal by the House of Lords after a series of court challenges by protest groups. However, Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) found the controversial technique did not respect the human rights of protesters.