87 arrested, 1 dead and RBS looted at G20 march

87 arrested, 1 dead and RBS looted at G20 march




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Over 4,000 protestors marched through the heart of the City yesterday, ahead of the G20 summit.

The groups of demonstrators made up of credit crunch victims, anti-capitalists and climate change activists gathered outside the Bank of England and attempted to steal the stage from the world leaders gathered this week to discuss economic recovery.

 

A total of 5,000 police officers were on hand to keep events under control, however police chiefs reported “high levels of violence” amongst small groups of activists.

 

Although the march was largely peaceful, 87 arrests were made and the windows of an empty branch of RBS were smashed, with some protestors ransacking the office and drawing graffiti on the walls.

 

Various demonstrators complained of police brutality, with seven protestors being taken to hospital, along with one police officer.

 

One man, believed to be in his 30s, died of “natural causes” during the protest.

 

Other protestors chanted “build a bonfire, put the bankers on the top”, whilst shouting at City workers watching from office windows to “jump”. It was reported that the workers responded by waving £10 notes at the crowd.

 

Today, more protestors will gather on the London Stock Exchange, where police are prepared for more violence.  

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