Here is a collection of videos and facts from various sources on the ‘BBC sponsored’ London riots over the upcoming G20 summit. If you want to join in just tune in to the BBC. They will give you directions times and even what weapons to bring and protection. At least, rumors abound that BBC has
The protests, which brought together anti-capitalists, environmentalists, anti-war campaigners and others, were meant to mark what demonstrators called “Financial Fools’ Day” — a reference to April fool’s day which falls on April 1.
Some 4,000 protesters thronged outside the central bank, and a Gucci store nearby was closed and its windows emptied.
RBS said in a statement it was “aware of the violence” outside its branch and “had already taken the precautionary step” of closing central branches.
Wooden boards covered the war memorial in front of the Royal Exchange, once the center of commerce in the City of London and now an upmarket shopping center. Building sites and roadworks in the financial district were sealed to stop people using building materials as weapons, police said.
Police stopped a military-style armored vehicle with the word “RIOT” printed on the front and a police spokesman said its 11 occupants were arrested for having fake police uniforms. By mid-afternoon a total of 19 people had been arrested.
By Thomas Penny and Brian Lysaght
April 1 (Bloomberg) — Protesters clashed with police outside the Bank of England and broke into a Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc branch in demonstrations on the eve of the Group of 20 meeting in London.
Police in riot gear, on horseback and officers with dogs moved in to surround demonstrators who smashed windows and entered an RBS branch near the central bank in London’s financial district, the City. Officers removed protesters from the building.
Police said they stopped a modified military personnel carrier near RBS’s London headquarters in Bishopsgate and arrested 11 people who had police uniforms. Twenty-four people were detained in total.
As many as 4,000 marchers were outside the Bank of England for the protest, called “Financial Fools Day,” which began just before noon local time, police said. As the demonstrators assembled, pre-summit talks started with a visit by President Barack Obama to Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Downing Street residence.
“This is about making it shameful to be a banker,” said Annabel Acton, 25, a consultant. “I’ve come here today so we can engage in a peaceful protest and vent our anger against the greed of the financial institutions. They are dealers in death and intent on oppressing us.”
A second demonstration, organized by anti-war activists, began around 2 p.m. near London’s American Embassy at Grosvenor Square and drew several thousand people.