After the deficit-riddled U.K. government cut some $130 billion in spending. In London today anti-captialists (calling themselves “anti-cuts”) raged. They broke into banks, hotels and shops. See a video below.
The violence began as Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, addressed a TUC [the main umbrella body for unions] rally of at least 250,000 peaceful protesters in Hyde Park who had marched from Westminster to demonstrate against government spending cuts.
As he spoke, an apparently co-ordinated attack began on shops and police in Oxford Street as a mob tried to storm into shops including Topshop, BHS and John Lewis. Source: The Telegraph
The famed Trafalgar Square had banners set ablaze. The crowd was throwing “missiles” and broken bottles at police. Fox reports lightbulbs filled with ammonia were thrown. Nelson’s Column, the Strand, near Charing Cross, the center of Jermyn Street, the Ritz Hotel, New Bond Street, Piccadilly – violent uprisings at all. A gian model of a Trojen horse was burned in Oxford Circus.
The protests were planned on Facebook and Twitter. Police were ready with a force of 4,500 – no where near enough to quell the anti-capitalists. Police apparently felt they would be blamed for whatever happend, so they invited “civil liberties activists to monitor police action. While most of the protesters were peaceful, the violence was remarkable.
Placards saying “We don’t believe in the deficit” were seen. A piece in the Los Angeles Times says the angry mobs were civil servants, environmentalists, prison officers, academics, feminists and young parents who carried toddlers on their shoulders.
Effects of the belt-tightening will begin to be felt more acutely next month, when libraries start closing down, youth programs disappear, social workers get laid off and fewer buses ply the streets. In the northern city of Manchester, police are bracing for the elimination of nearly 3,000 jobs — a quarter of the department’s workforce.
Sales taxes have been raised
Violent and Destructive Protests in London (video)