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Student protester jailed for two years

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Student protester jailed for two years

A teenager has been sentenced to more than two years in jail in the UK for throwing a fire extinguisher at police officers from a roof during student protests in London.

More here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/4532398/Student-protester-jailed-for...

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He could have killed someone.

He could have killed someone.  He should be punished accordingly.  I think two years is a bit harsh, given that no-one was hurt. But people should know that under English Law, he will be released after serving only one year of his sentence anyway... Someone should correct the headline.

Finally The Real Lentil outs

Finally The Real Lentil outs himself as a Pre-time Cop!

Pre-time cop? You mean a

Pre-time cop? You mean a pre-production version of this?

If so, then fuck yes.

Shooting someone in the head

Shooting someone in the head with rubber bullets could have killed them by the bullet piercing the soft tissue in the corner of the eye and fragments entering the brain area, these cops get a pat on the back and this chap gets jail.

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Do you know that America and

Do you know that America and England aren't actually the same country dumbarse?


What a retarded comparison.

I would assume people would

I would assume people would know that England is not the 'USA', for one thing its spelt differently, they speak different languages, one drives on the right side of the road and the other on the wrong side, and in the USA people that go to jail do not get let out early like they do in the motherland...

...and while we are on the subject of correcting inaccuracies, I am glad to see you believe that the USA is the entire 'America'.

  Cut their(cops) heads off.

 

Cut their(cops) heads off.

... one day some media hack

... one day some media hack is going to discover this lunacy and have a field day.

I find it depressing to read

I find it depressing to read that some people obviously think that the fire-extinguish thrower should be punished by the state. Some people believing that he will get out after serving half his sentence, rather than the whole two years, is an important fact. It isn't - it is a moot point.

I think we should be rather critiquing the language of the judge - the judge allegedly said the student 'was one of hundreds of students who split away from a street protest'. That to me implies that as long as the protest is orderly and respectable it will be tolerated. This implies that protest will be tolerated as long as it's protest that is only tokenism - that doesn't rock the boat and will not threaten the state structures. So we can all stand out there and call for an end to the war in Iraq, or equality for all, or no increase in student fees, we can yell and shout but as long as we disperse when the state forces tell us to, as long as we go home with our placards trailing behind us - we can be recorded in a paragaph in history as a protest against something and that the state listened to us, and tried to accomodate us. There can be a pretence, but all the time the state marched on - using violence to maintain it's position.

Protest and banner waving will be tolerated as a necessary part of a capitalist society as long as it obviously isn't effective in creating real change. As long as it can be recorded as a token gesture. Like the judge went on to say in their judgement, 'abusing the right to a peaceful protest cannot be tolerated.'

It's when we start to actually fight back and possibly cause disruption to law and order, that is when we become a threat and are locked-up. But that is also the time when change often happens.

Protest needs to take a varity of forms to be meaningful - rather than supporting the status quo and acting shocked that someone someone threw something more solid than a punch back at the state forces, we should be discussing and working at more meaningful ways to bring change.

  Infiltration.

 

Infiltration.

Right, so anyone who's pissed

Right, so anyone who's pissed off has the right to endanger other people? Or just people who agree with your nutbar agenda?

His energies would have been

His energies would have been better spent joining the British army and getting paid to kill people for the greatest nutbar agenda.

  Thats the corrupt state we

 

Thats the corrupt state we live in-when those trying to make a difference get punished.

Please do something if you can to stop state power increasing.Use your status-anything.

Some people here are so

Some people here are so confused. What this kid was protesting was the fact that he wants *workers* to continue to entirely fund his elite education so that can join the highly educated highly paid elite. Why should a bus driver struggling to put food on the table for his family have to pay for free university education for the children of the upper classes. It doesn't stop poor people from going to university because they accept that it is fair that they will eventually repay the loan (completely interest free prior to working).

Scum, like this greedy violent little rich thug who was trying to murder cops who were just doing their jobs.

feeding the trolls

Why should a bus driver struggling to put food on the table for his family have to pay for free university education for the children of the upper classes.

What evidence do you have to suggest that this kids background is from the upperclasses? From what I've been able to gather it has been youths from a more proletarian background that were at the forefront of the most militant demonstrations i.e. much of the graffiti displayed area codes from working class neighbourhoods and slogans such as 'we are from the slums of England'.

It doesn't stop poor people from going to university because they accept that it is fair that they will eventually repay the loan (completely interest free prior to working).

Actually it does, because it is poor people who will be forced to take the loans in the first place. Not sure what makes you think they 'accept it' given that the largest mass movement to emerge since the Iraq war has been actively engaged in opposing the introduction of loans.

Come along now troll... come out from under the bridge, get a little sun, talk to people.

Its all spoilt rich kids,

Its all spoilt rich kids, like the son of the pink floyd guitarist etc.

Look at the clothes they are wearing ffs.

Why do you think it is unreasonable that if they want to join the elite classes and get high paying jobs they don't pay for their education?

Anyone else training to be something, ie a chef, taxi driver, forklift drivers etc, have to fullly pay for their own courses prior to qualifying, why should university be treated any differently?

They are simply laws that unfairly burden the middle and lower classes with funding an education system they do not utilise. And lets be honest, the vast majority of those qualifying for university are from middle to upper class backgrounds.

 

 

 

For all those who have

For all those who have completed their training and paid themselves for said training using the student allowance and the student loan laundering system the Government has constructed, I would encourage you to use up the first of your two bankruptcy's in this country by volunteering for bankruptcy, to rid yourself of your student loan.

If the state did not intend you to have two shots and being temporarily blacklisted, they would have made it a oncer only. Then just don't pay tax for the next 7 years and just before the IRD forces you into mandatory bankruptcy, use up your second bankruptcy thus ending your stint in the whorehouse of commerce for good.

I don't think there is a

I don't think there is a limit on the number of times you can apply for bankruptcy. What makes you think there is a limit?

There is a limit in which you

There is a limit in which you can go into business and thats 2 bankruptcies. Also if you are bankrupted a few times you will never get a loan again or credit, so I can see why 2x would be a general rule.