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“There’s a history of violent protest in this country”

Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, speaks frankly about extreme policing tactics and dealing with a new generation of activists that make police look like "complete amateurs"

By Shiv Malik   February 2011

Click here to read Shiv Malik and Ed Howker’s cover story on the new age of protest

Shiv Malik: The first big union march of the year is 26th March, and the students are laughing at that, saying: “Why is it taking four months to organise one protest when we’ve organised four protests in one month?”

HO: It is a whole new dimension to public order: speed. And a lack of willingness, or less willingness, to engage pre-event, partly because you don’t have pre-event.

SM: When you joined the police force, one of your early assignments was with the Territorial…

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