Leaving the meeting

We were held up for quite some time in the foyer as the police waited for the right opportunity to open the doors. Shortly after 9pm we were allowed to leave through another door. There was a police line of 80 to 100 with support from 15 mounted police. The virulence of the verbal assault on the supporters was astonishing. Long gone was the festive atmosphere of some three hours before. The crowd was angry and I could not understand why there was no protection for the people leaving the meeting beyond the 50 odd meters of the police cordon.