I popped into the kitchen to make a cup of tea and in the few minutes I was out of the room, police had attempted to separate protesters inside the building from the larger crowd of protesters beyond. It seemed to me that the police, walking two abreast, forced their way through the crowds.
When I came back into the room, people were screaming, scuffles were taking place, a woman in a wheelchair was protecting her child from harm by holding her close, putting her own body between the child and police. Another man in a wheelchair had his shoulder broken.
Were the police too violent? Were they provoked by protesters? Does it matter?
What on earth have things come to if sick and disabled people cannot protest peacefully and know they will be safe and free from injury?
Here is the DPAC press release on the issue : http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/08/press-release-following-police-violence/
Also, please take a few minutes to watch this wonderful video by UK Uncut and DPAC all about Atos, "fit for work" tests, the DWP, and just how unfair cuts to sickness and disability benefits REALLY affect sick and disabled people :