Today, hundreds of police in full riot gear stormed a squat in London’s Soho, making dozens of arrests and dragging people through the street – for arranging a peaceful protest of the G8 Summit. How much longer can the UK claim to be a democracy, when it treats peaceful protest as domestic terrorism?
The Assault on Beak Street
More than 100 officers, in full riot gear attended the property on Soho’s Beak Street this morning, storming a squat and making thirty two arrests. Although the Metropolitan Police claim in a press statement to have made only 6 arrests for:
It has been reported that police used excessive force during the arrests, as pictures below corroborate.
LBC Radio interviewed protester John Sinha this afternoon, and he was able to put forward the growing view that the G8 meeting is not where leaders come together to resolve issues like hunger and poverty, but instead to establish policies which further entrench them.
Police form line with their faces covered.
Police forming below the Squat while protesters address crowds via megaphone.
Crowds gathered to film and protest the arrests.
One protester held on ground by police.
Protester being held on ground on roof of Beak Street, apparently bleeding from the face
Police dogs were also used in the assault.
One supporter in the crowd, bleeding from the head, remonstrating with an officer.
The Carnival Against Capitalism
Protesters have taken to the streets of London in a ‘Carnival Against Capitalism’ and The London Evening Standard announced this evening the Banks and Corporations in the City of London have gone on high alert. Considering the mass destruction of life, natural resources and property caused by the City of London – it should be ordinary citizens across the world who remain on high alert.
Peaceful protesters are right now spreading across London, including Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, singing anthems and playing drums (pictured above). They vow to continue the Carnival Against Capitalism throughout the G8 process.
Despite the clearly peaceful nature of today’s protests, the police assaulted those protesting as if attending the address of known terrorists in the execution of an attack. It is a dark day for our ever diminishing democracy and another stain on our militarised police force.
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