Police Heavy Handed at Bristol Drone Conference Protest

Alleged violence between protesters and police at a recent drones conference seems unsupported by video of the event. Even the reporter’s own published video footage shows no violence by protestors, despite heavy handed police arrests of several people for non-violent activities.

Reporter Robert Murphy, of ITV,  seemed anxious to portray the protest as violent, but footage posted on the news company’s web site showed no protester violence. What the reporter called violence appeared to be harsh policing of noisy protesters, and mild non-violent resistance to arrest.

As many as 11 protesters were arrested, apparently for resisting being removed from the area by police.

Bristol and national anti war groups held a counter-drones conference in response to the official conference.

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