From what I saw the crowd were really upbeat and non confrontational... I was also watching it live (grr bloody dissertation.. I wish I had been there)... and from what I saw people only got violent after seeing bankers wave £10 notes at them from the buildings they were working in and then when the police cordoned them in... started beating them (even protesters who were making a point of showing their peaceful intentions)... Sorry but have you ever been in a situation like that... It is hard to keep your cool when you are being detained in an area for no other reason than peacefully protesting... The police as usual has caused yet more trouble at a peaceful demo!!
I went on the Put People First march on Saturday... It was strange seeing no riot police at the demo... But it really brought home this message... 35,000 people at a demo... no riot police = NO TROUBLE!
Yes i've been in a situation like that. I also said that i wasn't defending them. I'm not sitting here thinking they're all sweetness and light, nor am i thinking some of the protesters were sweetness and light either. I do notice that some have a shorter fuse than others. It takes very little to get some folks to start gobbing off and heightening hostility, whereas others it takes a lot more. Thats people for you, whatever side you take