Stacy Summary: So there you have it. Let’s just call this ‘the water cannon of financial fraud,’ for that is what it is. The ‘austerity’ measures are part and parcel of financial fraud, bailouts and QE. Welcome to the brave new world.
The Association of Chief Police Officers says that the need to control continued protests “from ongoing and potential future austerity measures” justifies the introduction of water cannon across Britain for the first time.
Of course, the water cannon is already in use against protesters in Turkey and in Bahrain.
He cites three occasions in the last 10 years that police commanders would have considered using water cannon on the streets of London had they been available.
He names them as the Countryside Alliance demonstration in Parliament Square in 2010, the Gaza demonstrations against the Israeli embassy in 2008/09 and “potentially” the student protests of 2010, when specific locations were targeted.
The bespoke water cannons are made to order in Germany. Of course. And relevant to this:
The police envisage using their water cannon to “exert control from a distance and critically to provide a graduated and flexible application of force ranging from spray to forceful water jets. The mere presence of water cannon can have a deterrent effect and experience from Northern Ireland demonstrates that water cannon are often deployed without being employed.”
They say that the alternative tactics to the use of water cannon to disperse a crowd or protect vulnerable premises are the use of baton rounds, batons, mounted officers, vehicle tactics, police dogs or even firearms.