‘Ratioed’ tweet praising footage of police hitting protesters with batons ‘deleted by user’
Labour front-bencher Toby Perkins has deleted a tweet in which he responded to footage of police in Bristol laying into protesters with batons by praising the officers and their actions as ‘well done’, ‘entirely appropriate’ and a ‘good example’:
Perkins tweeted the comment in the early afternoon of 22 March, but by the evening it was gone, after being heavily ‘ratioed’ – considered a sign of an unpopular tweet – and slammed by many who likened it to the infamous conduct of police at the Orgreave pit during the miners’ strike of the 1980s, or even worse:
The footage praised by Perkins forms the first part of the video below. The second part, showing the same events from the other side of the police line, shows what appear to be ‘protesters’ waved through to the line by riot police – and the eruption of violence just after they reach the front:
Perkins’s tweet had also drawn a furious response from Gypsy/Roma/Traveller activist Mikey Walsh:
In July last year, Perkins apologised publicly for a comment that he would not want a Traveller site in his street. In 2019, he had also published election leaflets accusing Travellers of
extorting thousands of pounds to leave illegal settlements
and said that he was “disgusted” by this.
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