Over 400.000 marched today in central London. The protestors shouted slogans against the government’s austerity measures which force the bulk of the population, and especially public sector workers, to pay for the economic crisis erupted out of the banking sector two years ago.
Trade unionists (such like the Trades Union Congress), political parties, anarchist blocks, parents, children and concerned citizens from all across the UK joined the demonstration. However, many groups signalled their willingness to do more than march, such like fast-moving direct action (smashing windows and occupying buildings which have been identified as tax-dodgers or symbols of wealth and responsible for the economic crisis). Members of the UK Uncut occupied tax dodger multinational shops and banks in Oxford Street. Uncut later on confirmed that protesters peacefully “occupied Fortnum & Mason over the tax dodge of over 40 million by its owners Whittington Investments”. The police attacked some of them with pepper spray in the face. Three went to hospital. UKuncut issued a press release condemning the actions of the police.
The TUC demonstration made its way from Embankment to Hyde Park where the leader of TUC spoke live. Meanwhile, numerous battles with the police took place in Picadilly. ULU stayed in Trafalgar Square protesting peacefully while the riot police, using large numbers and force, pushed the students around into the road traffic. Snatch squads operated in the area grabbing and targeting individuals. Scuffles and arrests went on into the early hours. (Read more in London Indymedia)
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