This afternoon I spent quite a while trying to re-find the footage which I knew I'd seen, of riot police baton-charging seated
protesters. I did eventually find it:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2009/apr/02/g20-protest
The segment in question is between 05:38 and 05:44, although it's worth seeing the context from about 05:20 which shows you that the crowd were already sat down peacefully before the charge began - they didn't sit down during a push. The police are just laying into people who were sat down doing nothing more threatening than singing badly.
When I gave the link to Helen (who'd also been looking for it), she spotted video evidence of something else that we'd seen people blogging about - police medics taking advantage of their protected position just behind the front-line to lean over that line and inflict repeated full-arm baton swings on the protesters
. See 02:09 - see the guy in the black uniform rear of the line, swinging away enthusiastically - note the green 'white cross' patch on the right of his chest.That man's job is to help the injured.
I thought my cynicism was fully up to the job of being unsurprised by the police-instigated violence at these protests, but the sight of a medic laying into protesters who are absolutely no danger to him at all? That's really quite upsetting.