Police Acquire New anti-Riot Equipment for this Autumn’s Demonstrations


The rights to free speech, demonstrate and generally oppose authority appear to be being withdrawn in Spain, how many more freedoms will be withdrawn in time.

Josep Goded

The Mossos (Catalan police) have acquired new anti-riot equipment to use in the demonstrations which are expected in the aftermath of the announcement of the Independence Trial verdict in October.

New Equipment 

– Pepper Spray: It has never been used by Mossos. It is directly thrown into the eyes of the demonstrators, causing a strong burning feeling. Although Mossos affirms that this doesn’t cause injuries at all, several human rights organizations have pointed out that it can actually provoke serious permanent injuries, especially for those who suffer from illnesses such as asthma.

– Anti-Riot Police Fences: They are used to separate demonstrators from anti-riot police officers. The fences are 150cm high and have a platform which makes it hard for protesters to get up and jump over them. They also have doors from which anti-riot police officers can enter and leave.

– Anti-Riot Nets: These nets are reinforced…

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‘We’re at breaking point’ Sheffield Council leaders hit out at budget  – The Star


Leaders of Sheffield City Council have hit out at the Government’s recent budget, saying there is not enough money to deliver services.  Labour councillors Julie Dore, leader of the council, and Olivia Blake, cabinet member for finance, said funding from Government was not enough after Chancellor Philip Hammond annouced the budget for 2018/19.

Mr Hammond said austerity was ‘coming to an end’ after eight years in his speach on the budget last week. But Labour councillors said they are still at ‘breaking point’.

Coun Dore said: “Since 2010 the council’s budget has been slashed by £430 million. “

But this only tells half the story, as rising demand for social care and children’s services has meant that resources have become increasingly stretched. Quite simply there is not enough money to deliver the council services we would expect.

 

Source: ‘We’re at breaking point’ Sheffield Council leaders hit out at budget  – The Star