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Saturday, March 26, 2011

London Austerity/Spending Cuts March Gets Violent

The austerity measures and spending cuts in the United Kingdom are hurting. How soon before we see this level of violent protest erupt in the US? The Wisconsin protests were only a first act. Central London this Saturday, March 26th, 2011, is a nasty reminder of how class warfare is now actually looking like warfare.


An HSBC branch bank is broken into and vandalized in the above video.

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CNN
Demonstrators swarm central London to protest spending cuts -- Scattered violence broke out Saturday as tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through central London to protest proposed austerity measures and public sector spending cuts...

The Trades Union Congress, which organized the demonstration, said nearly half a million people were taking part, far exceeding their original estimate of 100,000 participants...


CNN understatement: "A small bit of vandalism"
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UK Telegraph:
TUC protest march -- [timeline]
20:10: Scotland Yard says the number of arrests stood at 202...

19.30 The base of Nelson's Column has been vandalised, with the anarchist symbol spray painted onto masonry.There are several thousand protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square...

19.20 A spokesman for civil liberties group Liberty says: "The demonstration appeared to have been infiltrated by violent elements who periodically separated from the main route in order to attack high profile commercial properties and the police before melting into the demonstration once more...

Anarchists confront police on Oxford St., London
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Approximate route of march through central London by the main group of demonstrators. The HSBC branch bank at Cambridge Circus and the London Ritz were two locations that were attacked by anarchists.

Route: Victoria Embankment > Bridge Street > Parliament Square > Parliament Street > Whitehall > Trafalgar Square > Cockspur Street > Pall Mall > Waterloo Place > Regent Street > Piccadilly > Hyde Park Corner > Park lane > South Carriage Drive > Hyde Park [rally].

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