GLA member Brian Coleman wants water cannons to be used against violent May Day protesters ('Coleman: Use the water cannons', May 3). This is but one example of the populist utterances made by politicians about the protest against global capitalism.

Apart from the simple consideration that water cannons would douse the non-violent majority as well as the tiny violent minority, it shows how both politicians and the media have deliberately suppressed information concerning what the protests were about.

Big transnational corporations are far wealthier than many third world countries, and they are able to pay the governments of these countries for the right to commit vandalism on an enormous scale, destroying property and killing people.

Brian Coleman, being a Tory, is fully in favour of capitalism and its terrible consequences, hence his opposition to protests against it.

Ron Isaacs

Sebright Road, Barnet