The Telegraph headline on the story about the U2 tax protest is almost as disgraceful as the way the festival behaved:
Violent scenes break out in the crowd at U2’s long-awaited Glastonbury debutWell, yes, there was a scuffle - but a scuffle as guards wrestled protestors to the ground and deflated their balloon:
As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage, activists from direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with the message “U Pay Your Tax 2”.Even the Telegraph's own report makes it clear that if there was a problem here, it was heavy-handed security:
But as the campaigners tried to release it over the 50,000-strong crowd, a team of 10 security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away.
The intervention by security after U2’s opening song Until The End Of The World sparked angry clashes with 30 or more protesters.There were no arrests because these weren't police. They weren't police because having a balloon with a mildly amusing, gently satirical message on isn't a crime.
Several protesters were pinned against a fence near the Pyramid Stage after attempting to hold on to the balloon. There were no arrests.
Michael Eavis should be feeling pretty ashamed this morning; if Glastonbury has become a festival where security guards rough you up for taking part in a political debate, then what's the point?
[Part of Glastonbury 2011 full coverage]