Parlamentsmedlemmer for Labour og undervisere ved universitetet heiet på de voldelige demonstrantene som angrep Millbank Tower, regjeringspartiet Tory`enes hovedkvarter.
– Dette viser hva som kan bli gjort når folk blir sinte. Vi må bygge på dette, twitret parlamentsmedlem for Labour, John McDonnell mens demonstrantene gikk løs på politiet. – Godt gjort, våre studenter, twitret Labour-MP Alex Cunningham, mens en universitetslektor ved Londons Goldsmiths College gratulerte ansatte og studenter med «en fabelaktig «anti-kutt demonstrasjon»:
* University lecturers at London’s Goldsmiths College issued an extraordinary statement ‘congratulating staff and students on the magnificent anti-cuts demonstration’.
* A Sussex University academic and prominent member of the socialist action group Revolution boasted he and other militants began planning the attack on Millbank a fortnight ago.
* David Cameron called for ‘the full force of the law’ to be used against those who assaulted police or damaged property and said the perpetrators must not go unpunished.There were calls for one protester who dropped a fire extinguisher from a roof to face attempted murder charges.
* Despite 50 arrests, all were bailed until February save for a well-spoken grandfather-to-be who was half a mile away from the hotbed of violence. Simon Devey-Smith, 51, who lives in France but was in Britain visiting his children, was charged with obstructing a police officer outside Parliament.
* Nick Clegg performed a U-turn, saying he wished he had not been so ‘hasty’ in saying he would end tuition fees.
Tory MP Greg Hands last night condemned the tweets by Labour MPs. He said: ‘Comments like these are completely inappropriate. The Labour leadership needs to get a grip on the MPs in their own party, and take action against those appearing to justify violence in pursuit of their cause.
‘The kind of protesting we saw yesterday, including a fire extinguisher being thrown off a building at police officers, was dangerous and unacceptable, and no one should condone that. ’
Labour-representant Ed Balls har uttalt at Labours offisielle linje er at vold er «fullstendig uakseptabelt», men på et separat arrangement sa skyggeminister for Labour, Alan Johnsen, at skylden er delvis regjeringens, da deres «urettferdige politikk» var årsaken til opptøyene.
Politiet får massiv kritikk for sin mangelfulle respons på den voldelige protesten:
Scotland Yard is facing massive embarrassment over its performance at the protest. Its farcical response means detectives face months of trawling third-party video to prosecute troublemakers – because officers with cameras were not at the start of the protest.
The Met also faces questions over its failure to predict the level of violence, even though anarchists had been plotting on the web for weeks, and why it took three hours to send reinforcements to control the mob.
Even though the numbers swelled from a predicted 15,000 to 50,000, police failed to bolster its team of 225 officers until trouble flared at Millbank.
The whole furore has also served to deepen the political row over tuition fees.
In an astonishing U-turn, Nick Clegg said he should have been ‘more careful’ before signing a pre-election pledge signed by every Lib Dem MP to vote against any increase.
An internal investigation into the Met response to the protest ordered by Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson could be completed today.