Boris Johnson and the Met Police say use of water cannons on London streets is justified in some circumstances

Water Cannon in use in Northern Ireland

Water Cannon in use in Northern Ireland

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Boris Johnson has said he wants to buy water cannons for use in tackling violent disorder.

The canons, which critics say can cause blindness and broken bones, would need to be licensed by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, before they can be used in the capital.

The Mayor of London has announced he wants to purchase three cannons from Germany at a cost of £90,000 .

The move is supported by Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, who told the BBC: “When protestors’ obvious objective is attacking a fixed location such as Parliament then you’ve got a small group of highly violent people, posing a lot of risk to the public.

“In those situations it’s potentially a credible tactic.

“We’re not going to use it against a small number of violent people in the midst of thousands of peaceful people. We’re not presenting it as a silver bullet for all serious disorder.”

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2:06pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is a cumbersome apparatus that is too heavy for London streets and will only enrage the rioters and could cause more trouble than it is worth, someone has persuaded Boris to buy these for financial reasons and nothing else. IF they were that good they would have got them in the 80's when there were worse riots.
This is a cumbersome apparatus that is too heavy for London streets and will only enrage the rioters and could cause more trouble than it is worth, someone has persuaded Boris to buy these for financial reasons and nothing else. IF they were that good they would have got them in the 80's when there were worse riots. Villagecranberry
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5:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Thunderbird4 says...

When the public get together and march in the streets, it is a sign the state is only interested in its own agenda, showing no concern for the population, hence: Unemployment - Jarrow march; Nuclear weapons - CND march.

" . . you’ve got a small group of highly violent people, posing a lot of risk to the public. "Has it not been shown many of the instigators of violence, in protests against state control, are government employed infiltrators?
Water canon is used by foreign countries; this is tea-sipping, England.
When the public get together and march in the streets, it is a sign the state is only interested in its own agenda, showing no concern for the population, hence: Unemployment - Jarrow march; Nuclear weapons - CND march. " . . you’ve got a small group of highly violent people, posing a lot of risk to the public. "Has it not been shown many of the instigators of violence, in protests against state control, are government employed infiltrators? Water canon is used by foreign countries; this is tea-sipping, England. Thunderbird4
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