Skip to comments.Protestors clash with police at anti-G20 demonstrations - 2nd Update
Posted on 04/01/2009 6:26:29 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
London - Angry protestors shouting "shame on you" and "storm the banks" clashed with police outside the Bank of England during anti-globalization demonstrations in London Wednesday. Some 4,000 demonstrators converged on the central bank in the City of London, where windows of banks and offices were smashed.
Police said 11 people had been arrested by lunchtime and riot police had been deployed.
At one point, several hundred demonstrators attempted to break through barriers to reach the heavily-guarded and boarded-up central bank building.
Windows at the Royal Bank of Scotland, which has been a key target for critics during the banking crisis, were smashed as violence escalated.
Police had earlier clashed with a small group of masked demonstrators, representing a diverse mix of anti-war campaigners, anti-poverty groups, anarchists and climate change protestors.
Thousands of officers shepherded protesters carrying banners proclaiming "Balls to the Banks" and "Punish the looters" while carrying effigies of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Bankers leaning out of office windows taunted demonstrators down below by waving 10-pound notes at them, provoking a response of shouts and cheers.
Many bankers and office workers heeded security advice to "dress down" in sweaters and jeans, rather than the more customary suits and ties, to avoid being targeted.
"I am here to make sure that peace happens rather than war," said Mirthful Merryweather, a nurse among the protestors.
Christine Hickey, 64, said: "I'm just fed up with the bankers who have got away with taking all this money. People are losing jobs and their homes, and I'm fed up with it."
“Capitalism isn’t working”? Um, no asshats. You’re the ones who aren’t working.
Wonder if this will energize American protestors....coming to a town near us???
Waaaa...all I did was smash a few
windows and turn over some cars
This just in. Protesters dressed as police used a fake Armored Personnel Carrier.
Live Fox video of the protests,
Sky News live video,
April Fools joke? If not, do you have a link?
Profesional Protesters = Useful Idiots.
There is no need for them in a “workers paradise” because protesting will be a crime against the state.
From Times Online
April 1, 2009
Arrests and violence in City of London
Anti-capitalist protesters are believed to have broken into a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland in the centre of London today after smashing windows with a volley of missiles.
With police on horseback unable to maintain control and being forced back, a series of windows at the building were broken, graffiti was daubed on the walls and there were reports that some protesters had broken into the branch.
Hundreds of protesters were seen to converge on the bank, on the corner of Threadneedle Street and Bartholomew Lane, as a total of 4,000 demonstrated outside the Bank of England nearby.
As police on horseback and in riot gear proved unable to protect the building, which was thought to be empty, officers with dogs charged at the crowd in an attempt to force them back. The crowd were heard to chant: “Shame on you” as officers drove them away from the door.
With the demonstrations - carried out by a combination of anarchists, anti-war protesters, environmentalists and others - rapidly heating up, Scotland Yard said cordons had been put up all around the surrounding area in response to “increasing levels of violence”. The marchers had made their way to the bank using four different routes - from Moorgate, Cannon Street, Liverpool Street and London Bridge.
A Met Police spokesman said: “There have been a number of missiles thrown at officers and a number of surges at the police cordons, and increasing levels of violence towards police. Cordons have been put in place to maintain safety and control the crowd.”
Police confirmed earlier that 11 people had been arrested for impersonating police officers as they travelled towards Bishopsgate in uniform in a fake armoured personnel carrier.
Speaking to The Times as the van was being driven away, a protester calling himself Greenman said he organised the stunt along with other members of a group calling itself Spacehijackers.
He said it was designed to highlight how Britain was increasingly becoming a police state. “Terrorism laws are always encroaching on our freedoms and discouraging dissent,” he said.
At the Bank of England, marchers confronted police standing on the building’s steps. Several police helmets were grabbed and thrown in the air as dozens of protesters surged forward and forced officers to retreat on to higher plinths at the base of the building.
A red smoke canister was set off, leaving at least one officer covered in bright red powder.
One senior officer was overheard telling colleagues to watch out for people with paint spray cans attempting to write on their backs. Many protesters were dressed colourfully, and claimed that they represented a host of causes.
Among them were campaigners from War on Want, who carried a giant toy canary on a stretcher after setting off from Moorgate station for the Bank of England. Attached to the makeshift stretcher was a placard which read “RIP Canary Wharf 1990-2009”. It also listed banks including RBS, HSBC, NatWest, Abbey and LloydsTSB.
Many of the protesters chanted as they walked towards the Bank of England. Chants included “Revolution” and “Palestine will be free”.
Other demonstrators, carrying placards such as “Bring on decent decision making” and “0% interest in others”, then began to make their way to the Bank of England.
Several individuals, some wearing masks and hoods to cover their faces, were involved in minor scuffles with officers as they were shepherded onwards.
Among those spotted among the crowd was the comedian Russell Brand, who said he was accompanying the marchers because he was interested to see why the protest was taking place.
As the demonstrations kicked into gear, many City workers reported for duty dressed down or in jeans, attempting to avoid any trouble
Jeremy Batstone-Carr, head of research at stockbrokers Charles Stanley, based in the heart of the City, said they were “preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best”.
His firm has extra security on the door, while workers were “aggressively” dressed down.
“Its a strange atmosphere around the City and everyone seems somewhat apprehensive - everyone that should be in the office is in, but were not taking any chances,” he said.
Washington DC if we're lucky...