The Battle of Trafalgar Square

Article from the Daily Mail. Do any of our English readers care to comment on these events?

200 arrested as hardcore anarchists fight police long into night in Battle of Trafalgar Square after 500,000 march against the cut

* Extremists hijack anti-government cuts demonstration
* 84 people injured – and at least 31 police officers hurt on day of violence
* Ritz hotel attacked with paint and smokebombs and 1,000 occupy Fortnum & Mason
* Protesters surge along Piccadilly, Regent Street and Oxford Street forcing shops to close
* Lightbulbs filled with ammonia hurled at police officers
* Labour leader Ed Miliband defends speech to marchers

Over 200 people were arrested as extremists brought violent chaos to central London yesterday after hijacking the much-heralded trade union protest against public spending cuts.

A massive clear-up operation was underway today after trouble continued to flare late into the night as hundreds of people clashed with officers in Trafalgar Square.

Police confirmed 201 people were in custody and there had been 84 reported injuries during the protests. At least 31 police were hurt with 11 of them requiring hospital treatment.

Riot: Police officers stand in front of a fire lit be demonstrators in central London

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  1. “Anarchist” is a general catch-all perojative for anyone who throws a rock through a shop window during a demo; I expect that’s the association the Mirror wished to convey. In truth, whilst some opf them are indeed anarchist in their politics, the vast majority tend to some kind of social-democratism; I’m guessing the rock-thrower contingent would be more likely made up of bored blokes looking for an outlet, than serious anarchists.

    On the whole demo thing, I’m ambiguous: ineffectiveness aside, the irony of “anarchists” marching for government assistance ain’t lost on me; yet at the same time, seeing as it’s their money tied up in, and appropriated by, the System, I think condemnation of these demonstrators is rather premature.

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