Police struggle to control hard-core anarchist rioters after 500,000-strong London march against government cuts ends in violence

Posted: March 26, 2011 in World News

Ian Gallagher and George Arbuthnott
Mail Online
March 26, 20111

Hooded anarchists attack London landmarks linked to luxury and wealth

Extremists brought violent chaos to Central London yesterday after hijacking the much-heralded trade union protest against public spending cuts.

Trouble continued to flare late into the night as hundreds of people attempted to hijack yesterday’s massive anti government cuts demonstration.

Riot police fought activists in Trafalgar Square as violent protesters threatened to overshadow the TUC rally in Hyde Park which had earlier passed off peacefully.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said between 200 and 300 people had gathered at the landmark location late yesterday evening.

He said: ‘A large number from the crowd are throwing missiles and have attempted to damage the Olympic clock within the square.

‘Officers have come under sustained attack as they deal with the disorder and attempted criminal damage.’

Splinter groups broke off from the main body of more than 250,000 demonstrators marching from Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park to launch an assault on the -capital’s main shopping district.

Some were hellbent on storming – or destroying – any London landmarks synonymous with luxury or money. Others targeted companies associated with tax avoidance.

Hundreds laid siege to The Ritz hotel, attacking it with paint and smokebombs. A Porsche showroom was also smashed up and upmarket department store Fortnum & Mason was occupied by about 1,000 activists.

On the streets outside, anarchists battled police. Some officers in Oxford Street were attacked with lightbulbs filled with ammonia, a sinister new weapon that can be assembled by following simple instructions on the internet. Other officers were hit with paint and flying bottles.

By the end of the day 75 protesters had been arrested and 28 people injured. Five police officers were also hurt and one was one taken to hospital.

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