How should the police deal with protests?
David Cameron has condemned the violence that broke out on Wednesday during protests over tuition fees. How should police handle protests in the future?
The prime minister said the clashes, in central London, which led to 35 arrests and 14 injuries, were "unacceptable" and has welcomed the decision to hold an inquiry into how the police handled the protest. The Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson called the events at the disturbance "an embarrassment" and said the Met should have been better prepared for the possibility of violence.
In the past there has been debate over the police's controversial "kettling" tactics to surround crowds. While following the G20 protests in London in 2009 a report by the inspector of constabulary Denis O'Connor said: "Police tactics had been far too focused on tackling violence... rather than facilitating peaceful protests."
How can police get the balance right to allow peaceful protest, but to prevent violence? What do you think of the way police prepared for and dealt with this protest? Should the police be more prepared to deal with violence in a protest? How should police handle protests in the future?
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