None of the protesters were hospitalised, but several were punched repeatedly, while one was stamped on while lying on the ground and another was struck with a coffee cup. An activist "has suspected broken ribs but no ambulances were called", a member of the camp said.
Members of the Occupy Newcastle camp recognised their attackers from "the NF/EDL/SDL group seen earlier in the day", but said they were not wearing "insignias etc". "We do not know it was the EDL", and "we don't want to spark more trouble up by accusing the wrong group", one activist stated.
There area cameras in the area, but a protester said they were all faced away from the camp the whole time, "so it's very doubtful anything was caught on camera". Another person commented that police had said they were going to keep CCTV cameras faced towards the camp to keep them safe.
|Conversations taken from Facebook. Names left out.|
About two hours earlier an occupier was punched in the face by three men who hit him for no apparent reason. It's believed that these men were among those who attacked the camp later.
|Police officer arrests a man with an axe.|
The occupation also had trouble with the EDL last Saturday, when four or five members approached the camp. A protester was headbutted in the confrontation and police arrested an EDL member, according to the Occupy Newcastle blog.
|The camp at night-time.|
It was one hug "from [a] compassionate woman who sees everyone as God's creatures", Jack - who was present - stated. "We don't hug EDL", he said.
|The camp at daytime.|