I keep reading and watching on television that there was violence at the protest against the proposed 300% rise in fees in UK universities. I
was at Millbank for a long time and it didn't strike me at the time as being particularly violent, I was thinking of joining the other diners in the Pizza Express to wine and dine with a grandstand view of the apparently appalling scenes. This view, from witnesses to a scene with little violence towards other people, is represented elsewhere.
Furthermore when group of goldsmith's lectures wrote that: "The real violence in this situation relates not to a smashed window but to the destructive impact of the cuts." Downing Street went on the media trail of condemnation saying: ""Praising violence over peaceful protest is frankly irresponsible" (BBC).
Having recently comeback from 18-months fieldwork researching violence in Colombia, where violence is something very different, I am left wondering how the word violence is being politically and legally used in the Millbank situation and what the consequences might be.
Finally, will any of the fallout from the 'violence' of this protest (and protests to come) affect in the contested legislation?