Water cannon could be used against protesters within months

Reposted from Politics.co.uk

Water cannon being used against anti-government protesters in Turkey.
Water cannon being used against anti-government protesters in Turkey.

Water cannons have arrived in mainland Britain and could be used against protesters within months, Boris Johnson confirmed today.

The controversial weapons arrived on British soil in the past few days and are now being adapted for use on London’s streets.

“They are being prepared for use in this country and we await the certificate [authorising their use] from the Home Office,” Johnson told the London Assembly.

Johnson said that he did not want to see the water cannon used, but could see circumstances where they may be useful to control crowds

“If there arise circumstances where life and limb is in jeopardy and where property could be protected… then yes of course it might be conceivable that water cannon could be useful,” he said.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Hogan-Howe told assembly members the cannon were now being adapted for use in London.

He said surveillance cameras would be fitted to the weapons to monitor their use.

The Met are also considering allowing the weapons to fire identifying “smart water” at protesters.

Hogan-Howe said the adaption and training process would take “a few months”, but insisted they could be used sooner if necessary.

“Needs must, if something awful happened [in London] then we’d all have to think again, but broadly I think this is going to take a few months to get to a stage where we can deploy them.”

He dismissed suggestions from former Northern Ireland police commissioner Sir Hugh Orde, that the water cannon should be routinely deployed at protests.

“Our ambition would be for a generation that they would never be seen.”

Asked what would happen if the Home Office refuse to authorise the weapons, Johnson insisted he would easily be able to sell them on to another country.

However, he said he could not “imagine the circumstances” whereby he would sell them onto a brutal or repressive regime.

Johnson was at pains today to suggest that the weapons would rarely be used by police.

He is under growing pressure at City Hall to row back from his enthusiastic support for the weapons.

Last month, a senior aide to Johnson told Politics.co.uk that the mayor would “live to regret” his decision to deploy water cannon in London.

“I don’t think there is an understanding of what a powerful weapon [water cannon] are,” they said.

“It’s like being hit with a baseball bat. I think he will live to regret it.”

The  water cannon bought by Johnson are currently being phased out in Germany after one protester was blinded by the weapons and another killed.

Those who have used the weapons, say it is a “matter of luck” whether they hit their intended target and have complained about a lack of visibility in the vehicles.

I agree with the senior aide to Boris Johnson


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14 Responses to Water cannon could be used against protesters within months

  1. beastrabban says:

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    I think Johnson doth protest too much. Nobody buys weapons like these unless they intend to use them. As for being unable to imagine selling them to a repressive country, that’s clearly a lie. Britain has been selling arms to brutal and repressive regimes, like the Saudis and the Gulf Arab states, since forever and a day. It was a scandal during the Arab Spring, and it’s a scandal now. Private Eye reported the case of a couple of peace protesters, who have been arrested after blagging their way into an arms fair in London, in which British manufacturers like BAe were boasting about selling highly illegal weapons like electric batons and police shields, to the Saudis.


  2. sdbast says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.


  3. JC says:

    Yet another step away from Democracy.


  4. So another lethal weapon for Plod to use in taking out the fears of their betters on the bodies of their equals. With the Met’s record on the use of force how long before the first death and the absolution of Plod from any penalty? Just honest policing.


  5. gusman says:

    I understand The Home Office hasn’t sanctioned this, so does that mean bonking Boris had declared his own caliphate in London?
    To beastrabban and Kuwait and Bahrain which is brutalising surprising it’s people.

    So what is he expecting??? What ever he deserves it in spades.


    • @gusman Nothing but silence from Theresa May!


    • Methusalada says:

      I now have an image of Bon King Boris in a full dressage attire parading as the Caliphart of London. Soon the parade begins to move out along with his water pistol chum’s, they are confronted by 300,000 to 500,000 Spartans ( Even match this time).
      Bon King Bonkers Boris bravely & heroically gives the order ” spurt all over the rebels”
      the loyal Commander replies “We can’t your royal Caliphart ,we have a blockage in the main prostataschism” Undeterred Bon King Bonkers then gives it a mighty whack with his majestic twaddling stick. There is a splutter ,a thud and a squelch & a squirt & a tiny little spurt . King Bonkers claims ” That’s the way to do it ,once more unto the beach dear fiends ” After this strategically erroneous battle, King Bonkers is then summoned by the Emperor of the Cameroons and placed in The Tower Of London awaiting trial for a minor castration offence error. His final visitor was none other than the Emperor himself who arrived after the final battle of Boris had been lost . One of pith pot maidens said she heard crying &,screaming from Cell Block H soon after the final battle, and is said to heard the Emperor Cameroon saying to Boris “Another fine mess you & IDS have got me in to”
      However this as yet only an unconfirmed rumour awaiting confirmation by the BCC , stating we shall all know only what we need to know on Blankety Blank Monday.


  6. jaypot2012 says:

    Boris is a real dimwit – imagine having him as he leader of the tory party 😀
    Does Boris not even see that any civil unrest will be all over the country and not just London? And does he seriously think that if people are that wound up that they wouldn’t go against anything to show this government just how angry they are?
    He’s a prize plonker.


  7. jaypot2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    Boris and his three guns…


  8. Reblogged this on SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH and commented:
    Sounds to me a lot like ‘if we don’t like what you’re doing, legal or not, we’ll hurt you.’


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