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A protestor has died at the G20 protests in London.

I have been keeping a close watch on BBC and Indymedia to see how it is being reported.

I have little hope of finding out what actually happened - especially from the BBC who, along with most other major broadcasters, absolutely revel in being as biased as possible on these occasions.

As it goes, the BBC first reported that…

“One man collapsed and died at the protest, police said, and at least 87 arrests were made.”

This was later changed to…

…the circumstances behind the death of a man who was involved in the protests has been referred to The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Police said the man, thought to be in his 40s, died on Wednesday evening after bottles were thrown at him and he collapsed.


Scotland Yard said he was found unconscious near the Bank of England on Wednesday evening and the London Ambulance Service took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

IPCC investigators will examine CCTV footage and attend the post-mortem examination.

They don’t seem to be interested in asking why some people saw fit to report it to Independent Police Complaints Commission. It must be official ‘non-information’ in the double-plus ungood category.

Someone on Indymedia said…

“The circumstances are currently unclear, but he died inside a police cordon (or kettle) where police had crushed and baton charged protesters.”

The police may be telling the truth or they may not be. But don’t hold great hopes for the ‘Independent’ police complaints commission report. Remember Jean Charles De Menezes?

Here is how this is all probably going to go if previous similar events are anything to go by..

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