Arrests at end of #OccupyN30 Xstrata actionTagged as: n30 occupylsx
After the occupation of Panton House / Xstrata buidling the cops moved in to make arrests inside the building and kettle the crowd (that didn't move away quick enough) outside in the street. Over the next four hours the kettle was strengthened with at least 25 police vans and then coaches brough in to remove those that were to be arrested. In the crowd were quite a few plain clothes police officer, and some snatches were made. Police brought in a message display board to tell people they were being released - only they were in fact being filmed, questioned and searched a few at a time. I couldn't tell how many people were arrested and put on the coaches as for the most part they were hidden behind lines of police vans.
Before the coaches departed with the arrestees, some of the crowd on the outside of the police containment cordon blocked their path showing solidarity and chanting "Let them go!" for around an hour as police kept trying to push them back, eventually shoving a path clear to allow the coaches to leave taking the people to some unkown police station (s?).