And all of us who went on all those marches, manned the barricades
or simply refused to buy apples from an apartheid country can also stand proud.
Protest leaders have vilified the police as lackeys of Thaksin, himself a former officer, but protesters claim to bear no ill-will towards the rank-and-file who manned the barricades
. "We are your friends," shouted a protester from a truck moving past police packing up their things.
Earlier, demonstrators had manned the barricades
and prepared for a possible intervention when officers began massing in the area.
Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny hit woodwork as the Blues manned the barricades
in a match that saw Theo Walcott suffer a hamstring injury that rules him out for the season.
Northern Ireland then manned the barricades
to stun the hosts, surprise participants in the World Cup finals.