However at these two events we saw very different scenes indeed. In Liverpool we saw great community spirit with people coming together with respect to enjoy an interest they all enjoy. While in London we saw 11,000 police officers brought in to stop a riot.
Lets compare the arrests:
EIGHTEEN people were arrested over the two days of the festival – 13 for drink and disorder-related offences, one for possession with intent to supply, two for security staff working without licenses, one for recall to prison and one for being wanted on a warrant.
Some 11,000 police officers were deployed at the event, costing taxpayers £6 million. They were attacked, glassed, pelted with missiles and confronted all day with everything from knife wielding black hoodlums and drunks, to dangerous dogs.
Knives, a Taser gun, CS spray and a baseball bat were among the weapons seized during the rioting which followed the end of the carnival, billed as Europe’s largest “celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture.”
A total of 488 arrests were made during the event — 330 in the Notting Hill area and 158 around Oval, where police prevented about 160 black youths from south London entering the main carnival area.
So we have a traditional predominately British festival take place with hundreds of thousands of people and the weekend is not much different than any other weekend. While in London we have a multicultural non-British festival take place and we have a riot on our hands with police getting attacked and hurt. Do we really need or want this multicultural crap? I think not.
We will finish by saying well done to everyone who took part in the Mathew Street Festival and everyone to attended and saw it be the best one yet.