Monday, December 13, 2010

Britain's black human rights record

Kourosh Ziabari - As the UK cracks down on the angry students who have taken to the streets of London over the past week to protest the overnight increase of the university tuition fees, the international community's concern over Britain's dark human rights record grows steadily.

According to the UK media, scores of students have been arrested during the protests, the majority of whom are accused by the Scotland Yard of what is called to be "violent disorder".

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is among the arrested students. Charlie Gilmour was arrested after he was seen by the police forces while swinging from the flag of the United Kingdom, also known as the Union Flag. On Friday, he released a public apology, insisting that he had not realized that what he was climbing was the Cenotaph.

According to UK's Express, Home Secretary Theresa May announced on Sunday night that water cannons could be used by the police forces to disperse the protesting crowds. High-powered jets have been employed in Northern Ireland for many decades.

During the protests, a Rolls Royce carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall was attacked by the furious protesters who splashed white paint on the car and shattered one of its rear windows. The UK Prime Minister outspokenly warned the protesters of the consequences of their "regrettable" action. David Cameron said that he wants to bring the full weight of the law against the protesters who attacked the royal vehicle and told the police to take lesson from the "regrettable" incidence, the Associated Press has reported.

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