CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters, some hurling rocks and climbing atop an armored police truck, clashed with riot police Tuesday in the center of Cairo in a Tunisia-inspired demonstration to demand the end of Hosni Mubarak‘s nearly 30 years in power. (Scroll down for live updates.)
Police responded with blasts from water cannons and set upon crowds with batons and acrid clouds of tear gas to clear demonstrators crying out “Down with Mubarak” and demanding an end to Egypt‘s grinding poverty, corruption, unemployment and police abuses.
Tuesday’s demonstration, the largest Egypt has seen for years, began peacefully, with police showing unusual restraint in what appeared to be a calculated strategy by the government to avoid further sullying the image of a security apparatus widely seen as little more than corrupt thugs in uniforms.
With discontent growing over economic woes, and the toppling of Tunisia’s president still resonating in the region, Egypt’s government – which normally responds with swift retribution to any dissent – needed to tread carefully.
But as crowds filled downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square – waving Egyptian and Tunisian flags and adopting the same protest chants that rang out in the streets of Tunis – security personnel changed tactics and the protest turned violent.Then you have articles like this in which police officials were in the crowds, and perhaps even started the riots???
Scotland Yard chief says sorry over G20 policing
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Britain’s most senior public order police officer apologised to MPs today after giving them false information when he denied having plain-clothes officers in the crowd at the G20 demonstrations two years ago.
Commander Bob Broadhurst said the information was “true to the best of my knowledge at the time” but it has since emerged that both plain-clothes and covert officers were deployed during the protests.
Giving evidence to MPs a month after the protests, in which thousands of demonstrators clashed with police in London in 2009, the senior Scotland Yard officer insisted there were no plain-clothes officers among the crowd, saying it would have been too dangerous to do so.
But questions arose about his evidence in the wake of the unmasking of undercover officer Mark Kennedy, who attended many demonstrations during seven years living as a spy among green activists.
Mr Broadhurst’s admission raised questions over how the so-called gold commander in charge of the protests could be unaware that covert officers from his own force were being used.
Mr Broadhurst was also unaware that plain-clothes officers from the City of London Police were deployed at observation posts.
But Metropolitan Police Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin, who also apologised to the MPs, defended his commander’s actions, blaming the large scale of the operation and saying inquiries into what went wrong were under way.
Last week, the Met issued a statement correcting the testimony given by Mr Broadhurst on May 19, 2009.
He told MPs then: “We had no plain-clothes officers deployed within the crowd. It would have been dangerous for them to put plain-clothes officers in a crowd like that.
“The only officers we deploy for intelligence purposes at public order are forward intelligence team officers who are wearing full police uniforms with a yellow jacket with blue shoulders. There were no plain-clothes officers deployed at all.”
But this month’s statement conceded: “Having made thorough checks on the back of recent media reporting we have now established that covert officers were deployed during the G20 protests.
“Therefore the information that was given by Commander Bob Broadhurst to the Home Affairs Select Committee (Hasc) saying that ‘We had no plain-clothes officers deployed within the crowd’ was not accurate…
“The officers were covertly deployed by the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) to G20 protests to identify individuals who may be involved in the organisation of criminal activity and to give live time intelligence/evidence as to the protesters’ activity.”
But the Met stood by Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson‘s assurance to the committee at the same hearing that the force did not use “agents provocateurs” – undercover officers actively fomenting unrest – at the protests around the world leaders’ summit in April 2009.
The Met statement went on: “Prior to the evidence session, there had been extensive discussion in the media and then at parliamentary committees about allegations that police officers were acting as agent provocateurs in the protests.
“Such behaviour goes completely against how the MPS deploys officers. The commissioner’s comments at Hasc refer to this point – not to covert deployments.”
Sir Paul told the committee at the initial hearing that “the idea that we would put agents provocateurs in the crowd is wholly antithetic to everything I have known about policing for the best part of 34 years”.
Today, Mr Godwin said: “When you actually run a huge operation on the scale Commander Broadhurst was running, you can’t know everything all the time.
“And equally, the intelligence don’t always know the source.
“However, I think what this has done is given us a sharp lesson and we will look at that.”
He added: “With 55,000 people, 750,000 crimes, I can’t always say that someone won’t make a mistake. and equally I can’t always say that commanders will know what every single member of our staff are doing.”
Giving evidence to the committee, Mr Godwin went on: “The vast majority of men and women who fulfil this function on behalf of the police service are some of the bravest people that we actually have, and they have lots of controls… in terms of governance and oversight.
“Every now and then, things go wrong and we need to investigate those, and we need to find out what’s occurred, but the vast majority do a splendid job for this country.”
Asked about the deployment of covert officers on large-scale operations in general, Mr Godwin said their use “was not an exception at all”.
Mr Broadhurst told the MPs: “May I first of all apologise.
“When I appeared before you on May 19 2009, I gave you some information that now appears to be inaccurate. For that, I apologise, but at the time I made it it was true to the best of my knowledge, otherwise I certainly would not have said it at the time.”
The large-scale operation included deploying just under 12,000 officer shifts over five days protecting 46 people, including United States President Barack Obama on his first visit outside of North America, Mr Broadhurst said.
It was described at the time as the biggest peacetime operation the Met had ever undertaken, he said.
Mr Broadhurst said: “I hadn’t asked for covert policing at any of those protests and wasn’t aware that I had any.”
Asked by committee chairman Keith Vaz if he should have known, Mr Broadhurst said: “There is a review going on into that, sir.
“I would always have a specialist working with me on intelligence.
“Normally they would tell me. It didn’t happen on this occasion, hence I need to find out why that happened.
“It may well be, as you said, I didn’t ask the right questions. Genuinely I did not know.”
Mr Broadhurst went on: “There are inherent dangers of putting covert officers into many situations, but also crowd situations, and one of my concerns about not knowing is I wouldn’t be able to help them and go to their assistance if I didn’t know they were there.
“These are some of the issues we need to look at and make sure we put right for the future.”
Asked if the Met commissioner should also have known about the use of covert officers during the G20 protests, Mr Broadhurst said: “No sir. It’s my operation. I should have known, I didn’t and I’ve apologised.”
Mr Godwin added that Scotland Yard had looked at how widespread the media coverage of Mr Broadhurst’s evidence was to ascertain whether anyone in the Met who knew about the use of covert officers should have seen his original statement to MPs and said something earlier.And just last year, here in Canada, we had this:
by Terry Burrows source: Global Research July 2, 2010
At the ‘Security and Prosperity Partnership’ meeting protests at Montebello Quebec on August 20, 2007, a Quebec union leader caught and outed three masked undercover Quebec Provincial Police operatives dressed as ‘black bloc’ protestors about to start a riot by throwing rocks at the security police. See the following videos documenting this event.
Stop SPP Protest – Union Leader stops provocateurs
Evidence — Police provoke Violence at SPP protest
The operation was exposed by the following picture of the undercover police wearing combat boots identical to those of the security police arresting them.
(Provocateurs in Montebello wear the same shoes as the Quebec policemen who arrest them!)
CBC Report at Montebello 2007
See the distinctive yellow dots on the thick corrugated soles of the boots which are the giveaway.
The Quebec Provincial Police were then forced after three days of public outrage to admit that these three men were indeed their officers operating undercover.
Fast Forward to the Toronto 2010 G20 Protest Riot
On Saturday June 26, 2010, the Globe and Mail published on their website a number of photographs taken at the afternoon riot in downtown Toronto precipitated by the ‘black bloc.’
Using these photos, I am going to show you that once again, the ‘black bloc’ provocateurs and the armoured police are wearing the exact same shoes.
Thanks to the Globe and Mail for these very helpful photos.
Here an operative throws a metal chair through a Starbucks window. This man’s physique doesn’t look like a seedy ‘anarchist’ to me. Rather, this is the fit strong body of a trained soldier – somebody who puts in a lot of regular gym time. He is also wearing what is really a uniform and rather specialized equipment on his forearm and possibly his hip. Unfortunately in this picture we cannot see the shoes being worn. But we certainly can in the picture that follows, and this is where it gets interesting.
The Provocateurs’ Combat Boots
Below another operative throws what appears to be a rock at another Starbucks window.
Take a close look at the upturned boot.
This is a brand new (? recently issued) very distinctive deep black colour combat boot. Note as at Montebello, the special thick heavy corrugated soles plus what appears to be some reinforcement of the upper forefoot area. Also note the mismatched black and white socks. Is this a recognition code to their uniformed colleagues? The nice heavy shiny new belt also appears to be part of a uniform.
Here is another ‘black bloc’ operative stomping on the roof of a Toronto Police car. Where are the police? He is obviously being “allowed” to trash the vehicle to create what will become the signature media images of the event – burning police cars in Toronto. But stamping on shattered glass and plastic is pretty hard on your shoes.
But his shoes can obviously take it because he is wearing the same brand new distinctive black combat boots as the Starbucks rock throwing provocateur above (go to the Globe and Mail url to see the higher resolution original photo). Note the same thick soles with the deep corrugations visible in an enlargement as a scalloping of the front bottom outer edge of the uplifted left shoe.
The Armoured Police Boots – They Are The Same Shoes.
Now check the uniformed armoured police boots. Note once again the thick heavy corrugated soles and deep black colour.
Here is one in close-up. It is clearly the same boot as the ‘black bloc’ provocateurs are wearing. It too is brand new and shiny as in recently issued for today’s duty.
Here are more of the armoured police boots.
Below is yet a closer view of the armoured police boots. This picture shows the upper part of the shoes more clearly. The police are also wearing what appears to be an additional protective spat module which is strapped on over the shoe’s upper front forefoot area. This looks like an extra equipment add-on to, and not an integral part of, the ‘civilian’ version of the shoe, which is otherwise identical to the police shoes in design, features and colour.
And in close-up
Canadian “Bureaucratic Economizing” Exposes The Fraud
That the ‘black bloc’ provocateurs and the uniformed armoured police are wearing in Toronto (as at Montebello) the identical government issued combat boots, has at least one positive aspect. It looks as if someone in the procurement bureaucracy was at least trying to do some economizing in the spending of the one billion dollars that this G20 fiasco has wrested from the taxpayers. Very sensibly, these bureaucrats wanted to provide the same sturdy combat boots for both the uniformed police officers as well as the undercover ones. How wonderfully Canadian.
But this endearing Hobbit-like practicality has also given the game away. The ‘black bloc,’ if they ever existed as an independent entity, have clearly been thoroughly infiltrated by undercover government agents. In classic covert counterinsurgency strategy these agents manipulate the group to commit violent acts which play directly into hidden government controllers’ hands. These controllers manipulate public opinion from behind the scenes through the commission of false flag acts of violence (these are acts falsely blamed on scapegoats other than those concealed perpetrators who are actually responsible.) The psychological operation (psyop) is then accomplished through the propaganda fulminations of the completely controlled and complicit mass media. As in so many similar situations in so many other countries in the past, the goal of this combination of violent acts and lying media propaganda is to invalidate any legitimate citizen protest of the many immoral acts being wreaked upon the peoples of the world by our governments. The techniques of imperial control which have been used so successfully overseas are now being fully deployed against the people at home. Deployed against us. As far as our war-addicted governments are concerned, we are all insurgents now.
But We Canadians Can Stop the G20 Fraud in Its Tracks
As this G20 protest riot fraud continues to unfold, please use your eyes and your cameras to pay attention to small details, like everybody’s shoes! As more and more people wake up from the deceptions being perpetrated upon them, more inconsistencies in the official propaganda story will be noticed.
Evidence will tumble forward to expose the whole malignant enterprise even more. We should stop this Riot Fraud in its tracks and demand an immediate investigation.
Please forward this article as widely as you can and collectively send it to all our politicians and media to put them on notice that we will no longer allow them to participate in the Toronto G20 riot fraud of 2010.
For Canada and for what is good and right and true.