Kettling[edit | edit source]

Kettling is a fashionable tactic being used by the Metropolitan Police in London. It involves trapping thousands of activists in a public square which is wide itself but has much narrower roads feeding into it, not letting anybody out, not granting access to toilets or clean water and slowly decreasing the available space for up to twelve hours. It is frightening, uncomfortable and boring in equal measure. Once the kettled masses are thoroughly numbed and demoralised, the police may then choose to "mass-process" the crowd by letting them out one by one past a camera linked to an intelligence crew, who look out for anyone who looks like a "troublemaker" and can order an arrest.

Kettles are subject to sporadic raids by riot squads, snatch squads and cavalry. The kettle may remain stationary or may be relocated on pain of batons. In one memorable kettling, the Met used dogs to "flush" the square.

What a StreetMedic may expect:[edit | edit source]

  • Dehydration
  • Cold Injury
  • Heat Injury
  • CS Contamination
  • Baton Trauma
  • Heavy Exacerbation of Chronic Illness
  • Crowd Crushing
  • Dog Bites
  • Trips and Falls
  • Diabetic Episodes
  • Shortage of Supplies
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