Boris pointed out that the demo last night had included large numbers of people with missiles, intent on making trouble. He said that whereas previously the police had been accused of being too tough, now they were being accused of not being tough enough. When asked about the metal pipes and bricks lying around on the demo route, Boris said “The danger does not lie with the object, but in the mind of the person prepared to use that object.”
Overall, the Mayor believes that the police did a good job. He would be sad to see the police take the route of using water hosing and rubber bullets, “The right to protest and express yourself on the streets of London is a wonderful thing, “Boris said, “but peaceful marchers needed to understand that the right is being hijacked. People who come to demo peacefully must emphatically dissociate themselves from what is taking place.” One hundred per cent right on all counts.