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University students who took to the streets in the UK this week to protest the sell out of their interests by parliament in a vote trebling the common man's tuition costs, seem to have given the security state new excuses to repress dissent.

Isn't there now, because of images distributed of Prince Charles' car, accompanied by a look of panic on the face of his wife, Camilla, a new impetus to move ever closer to conditions similar to martial law?


'They were lucky not to be shot': Police chief says armed officers showed 'enormous restraint' as mob attacked Charles and Camilla

By Tim Shipman and Gerri Peev

Last updated at 1:58 PM on 10th December 2010

Prince's Rolls Royce set upon on way to Palladium

Camilla cowers in fear as car is hit with paint bombs

Met chief hails armed officers 'restraint' during attack

Scotland Yard to hold major inquiry into security lapse

Cameron: Rioters must be arrested and punished

Anarchists boast of success and plan more disruption

Student has surgery for blood clot on brain after riot

Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson today mounted an extraordinary defence of armed protection officers after the worst Royal security blunder in a generation.

Sir Paul hailed the 'enormous restraint' of the team guarding Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, implying the rioters were lucky not to have been shot.

Camilla was left terrified as their Rolls Royce came under fire from a snarling mob of student fees rioters as it made its way to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

The car was kicked, rocked and hit with paint bombs as up to 20 demonstrators attacked it and chanted 'Off with their heads!' and 'Tory scum', leaving the couple visibly shaken.

The Prince and Duchess were not hurt but the potential risk to their safety raised worrying echoes of the 1974 kidnap attempt on Princess Anne.


....'The police will need to look at this in great detail. They need a rapid and robust investigation to identify how it could have happened.'

He added: 'This is a very serious incident. It ranks amongst the most serious security breaches of the past decade.

'Some of the demonstrators yesterday were carrying petrol, specifically to use in arson attacks. If the can of paint had been a can of petrol, it would have been very different.'

The former intelligence officer condemned how Charles and Camilla were allowed to 'blunder' into the demonstration and questioned whether Scotland Yard had the right people in charge.

Today, the Prince and his wife hailed the efforts of police and expressed their gratitude but Clarence House refused to be drawn on the security lapse.

A spokesman said: 'Their Royal Highnesses totally understand the difficulties which the police face and are always very grateful to the police for the job they do in often very challenging circumstances.'

The Royal vehicle was ambushed by a 'steaming gang' of masked protesters, who attacked the car with their firsts, boots and bottles.

Photographer Matt Dunham, who captured Camilla looking aghast, said: 'It [the car] was unable to move because it was surrounded. It was stuck in a gridlock....

In the UK today, and even more so in the US, authority relishes the opportunity to further roll out its plan to complete its pursuit of the policies of a security state, all it needs is the right provocation to provide the excuse for more drastic measures in these more drastic times.

Why isn't it obvious to student protestors that the only aggressive protest tactic the state has no plan or means to effectively oppose or to mine for propaganda purposes is the tactic of refusing to participate....a stay at home action, initially for a day, then for several days, then for a week, and then for as long as it takes? The images of armed and shielded authority removing people from their residences to force them to man their jobs as power plant or water and sewage treatment plant operators, or to force students into their classrooms would not make for propaganda images intended to discourage passive protest action.

The state is now set up to initiate new repressive measures on society "for its own protection" at the slightest, militant provocation. It is not set up to react to a citizenry smart enough to suddenly opt out of participation, as a form of mass protest.

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Ironic, isn't it, that the two who made Diana's life the most miserable have ended up in this frightening event in a car.

It is my thinking that all those who enabled the brutal treatment of Diana, who was just a teenager when she married into the Windsor family, should step down. They could all go and live at KP, also known as the 'aunt heap'.

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