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That was the year that was, 2009 – declared early on as the “Summer of Rage”. Trouble was the rage started before the year even began, as protests erupted outside the London Israeli Embassy in response to the festive bombing of Gaza. As a freezing January ensued several riots burst on to the streets of Kensington, hundreds were arrested and journalists limped from the street fighting bleeding and bruised.
Then April hit, the G20 came to town and all hell broke loose. Again, scores were arrested and injured, journalists were beaten, battered and broken and one man lay dead after being attacked from behind by a TSG riot squad officer. A second video captured the moment when Tomlinson hit the ground.
By the summer the expenses scandal broke and has ceased to leave the news since, as more ludicrous items were claimed for by our democratic representatives. Whilst trying to defend these claims for duck houses, hedge trimming, rocking chairs and “a fucking moat”, it exposed the innate contempt our politicians have for us.
The late summer also saw the arrival of the English Defence League (EDL) on to the streets of Britain and the beginnings of a rising far right movement. At first the protests were small, but always ended in violence. Nazi salutes and racist chants were captured time, time and time again, from a group claiming to be non-racist and non-violent. But by end of the year, it became clear the EDL were intent on creating a street army, their support coming from vaguely politicisied football hooligan gangs and far right groups such as the BNP, the National Front, Blood and Honour and Aryan Strike Force. Their goal, it would seem, is to stir up racial hatred, which they managed quite successfully in Harrow without turning up.
November saw the G20 policing back in the news, this time for Commander Broadhurst, the G20 police operations chief, denying in parliament the existance of undercover police inside the protests.
Unfortunately for Broadhurst the video showing two undercover police appearing from a unit of police officers had been live on the Guardian website since the end of April. But it turned out there was not only two undercover officers but 25.
That was the year that was. This is the year that is. And I just turned 40-years-old. The real question now is: what next?
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