Tesco causes riots on the streets of Bristol
This is insane. This is footage from a riot that occurred last night in the Stokes Croft, Bristol.
According to Neurobonkers, a blog by a Stokes Croft resident, this is all because of Tesco. For over two years, there has been a well-supported grass-roots campaign to stop the supermarket opening a branch in the neighbourhood. The council agreed to the development regardless of local opposition, and the police have had to escort builders to the site to in order for the store to be built. Last weekend Tesco opened and Stokes Croft has seen non-stop protests ever since.
"...numerous burning barricades were erected and a huge amount of people were battered and bloodied by police for attempting to approach police lines to get home of find friends. By this point there was devastation everywhere. All junctions were blocked by overturned glass bottle dumpsters and makeshift neighbourhood roadblocks.
"...the police started making arrests and then all hell broke loose. Missiles began coming down from Telepathic Heights [a well known local building], the starting point of the problem and police brought out dogs to clear people from the street, quite a few got bitten. Meanwhile a lot of police vans had their tyres let out. At that point the dogs retreated and the convoy of about 10 vans that were surrounded drove at speed through the crowd clipping a large number of people on their way out. Both Tesco and Telepathic Heights were abandoned by the police."
Avon and Somerset constabulary said last night:
"Police arrested three people on suspicion of public order offences and another person on suspicion of threats to cause criminal damage with intent to endanger life. Police seized a number of items –including possible petrol bombs - from the property."