Tea can be a revolutionary stimulant as proved by the original Boston Tea Party and – to a much lesser extent – the modern Tea Party. But the kettle, it appears, is a device of repression. In the UK, "kettling," a method of crowd control, has become increasingly common and overused to deal with any group challenging the unsustainable status quo of contemporary Britain.
Usually the technique involves confining demonstrators to small areas, like squares or side streets, by using lines of policemen to wall them in. Sometimes a "spout" is left to allow the "human steam" out, by which is meant an approved route for the crowd to disperse, but sometimes there is no spout and crowds can be confined for hours, depriving them of toilet facilities. Rather like a strong cup of tea, "kettling" it seems can work like a powerful diuretic, forcing those confined to urinate and even defecate in the street. The term "kettling," by the way, was chosen because it was thought that the competing term "corralling" sounded too dehumanizing.
Yes, extreme discomfort and public humiliation are the price to pay for any stray thoughts the British state does not approve of, and the beauty of it is it doesn't appear on any statistics unless those kettled physically challenge the police who are detaining them.
The most recent use of this tactic was seen in the East London district of Walthamstow when a demonstration by the English Defence League, a rather innocuous group that welcomes Blacks, gays, and Jews into its ranks, and which opposes radical Islam, was well and truly kettled, while a violent group of counter demonstrators was allowed to literally run riot.
This is how the events were described by one participant, Paul Weston:
Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Speech died in Walthamstow on September 1st 2012. This was the date that Britain officially became a Police State. After weeks of negotiation between the English Defence League and police liaison officers our democratic right to hold a peaceful outdoor meeting was trampled on by Britain’s ruling totalitarian class. Whether this was due to police incompetence or politicised senior policemen taking their orders from David Cameron’s government is unclear, but the end result was the same – democracy died.
The EDL meeting had been arranged well in advance. Tommy Robinson, Kevin Carrol and Paul Weston were scheduled to speak. Hundreds of supporters from all around the country had made the sacrifice of time and money to travel to London to hear them. But the British police had other ideas. An advance team from the EDL arrived early in the day and set up the speaking platform, generators and PA system. The three speakers also arrived early with a small security team of six men. The total number at the speaking area numbered twelve men and three women.
The police then allowed a growing number of Muslims and UAF to assemble at a distance of only twenty feet from us. As their numbers grew, so did their violence. When there were about 200-300 of them the violence began in earnest. Bottles, bricks, sticks and coins started coming down on us. The faces of the so called religion of peace and their leftist Useful Idiots were contorted in hate and blood lust. Then they charged the police lines. Our small contingent backed up against the railings and waited for the inevitable. No matter how well trained the security team was, there was little to be done against hundreds. But the police line held, just.
After the first attempt to lynch us had been temporarily held back, Kevin Carrol asked the senior police officer present why this was violence was allowed; why nobody had been arrested and why all the cameras present were trained on us under a barrage of bottles and bricks rather than on the people actually throwing them. The officer replied it was “unsafe” to arrest anybody in such a hostile environment! But the hostile environment was entirely of their own making in allowing such numbers of clearly violent people to get so close to us.
Meanwhile, the main EDL contingent, numbering between 400-500 had been kettled in a side street about 1,000 feet from us. As the Islamic/ leftist alliance tried to break through the police line again, we were told the situation had become uncontrollable and the meeting was cancelled. We were then escorted away from the stage and down to the main EDL contingent. At this point the police officer in overall control informed the EDL ranks that the meeting was off, that they would be escorted back to the tube station or face immediate arrest.
Rather than turning on the police this is exactly what the peaceful EDL boys did. The three speakers plus the security team were escorted out of Walthamstow in the two vehicles they had arrived in, but not before the UAF photographed the number plates. The police refused to confiscate the film, despite knowing the security implications of addresses linked to the owners’ names. The main EDL contingent were then kettled for several hours without water or toilets, including one pregnant woman who was clearly in physical distress but who was told in no uncertain terms that she was not going anywhere to throw up.
After several hours EVERYONE was then searched for “offensive weapons” and had their personal details noted by the police. Many were arrested and taken to various parts of London where they were then “de-arrested” and told to make their own way home. This did not happen in Nazi Germany nor Communist Russia. It happened here, in London, in England. Our democratic right to Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of speech were removed from us.
The police allowed a small group of us to be attacked with potentially deadly bricks and bottles for over an hour. The police didn’t arrest a single person carrying out these acts of violence. The police kettled a peaceful group of EDL supporters for hours and withheld water and toilet facilities. The police arrested many of them on false grounds and then “de-arrested” after taking them to various parts of London.
Why was this done? It seems pretty clear to me. Whilst Muslims and leftists can behave with criminal impunity, the EDL has come under serious attack from the State via the police. They will close us down by any means possible, no matter that in doing so they breach our democratic rights, Human Rights and even more to the point acted ILLEGALLY. False imprisonment and a blatant disregard to upholding law and order in a politically biased manner are matters of great concern.
England has become a very unpleasant place. It is now a Police State. If you disagree with the prevailing opinion you can be attacked by those who disagree with you and the only people who will be arrested will be you. This is an appalling situation. The London Metropolitan Police behaved not just in a shameful manner – they behaved in a real, totalitarian Police State manner. These are dangerous times. If peaceful protest against a serious and growing threat is removed from the people, then the people will eventually protest violently. And if we do, we will be imprisoned. Which I think is the deliberate intention. David Cameron and his police enforcers have now officially declared war against their own people.
There will be many who read this who will say “so what, we disagree with you so we don’t care”. Well, you should care. When the State becomes totalitarian it does not stop there. Everybody suffers eventually. If you believe in democracy and freedom you should start to demand answers as to why the police were allowed to behave in this fashion and EXACTLY WHO gave them the orders to do so.
Two final points. First, the EDL leadership spent all night on their mobile phones trying to sort out transport for EDL supporters stranded in London. Second, the EDL rallying cry is “No Surrender” and the whole point of the police behaviour in Walthamstow was to force you to surrender via intimidation and inconvenience. Our future is threatened in a truly terrible way. Don’t let intimidation and inconvenience force you into defeat. Our immediate ancestors died for this country. We are entering the early stages of another confrontation and you must not allow our treacherous elites to intimidate you. No Surrender really means No Surrender. They are not just words. We are not going away. We are not going to give in. We are not going to be defeated. WE ARE NOT GOING TO SURRENDER.
The words "No Surrender" originate with the Protestant cause in Northern Ireland when the battle cry was first used against the Catholic army of King James II that called on the Protestants in Londonderry to surrender.
Northern Ireland's Protestants, who are mostly of Scottish descent, are another inconvenient group out of sync with modern multicultural Britain. But thanks to the long-running threat from the Catholic Irish and a British government that would be happy to sell them down the river, they have developed strong group awareness and a potent tradition of street politics. This is something that the White working-class English would do well to emulate.
While the EDL were impotently bottled up by London's totalitarian police force, over in Northern Ireland the Protestants reacted to attempts by the same government to restrict their right to march with several nights of rioting that Britain's state police were unable to put a lid on.