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(en) Britain, London, Media, Womble [anarchists] riot threat as parliament reasmble was met*

Date Tue, 10 Oct 2006 07:35:11 +0200

POLICE have arrested 38 people during a protest outside Parliament today. Scuffles
broke out every time the protestors tried to break through the police line.
The demonstrators planned to stop politicians from entering the Palace of
Westminster. But only about 50 people, mostly teenagers, turned out for
the event dubbed State of Emergency - Sack the Parliament.
About 300 police outnumbered the protesters by at least six-to-one. Earlier,
officers linked arms in a massive circle in the middle of Parliament Square
to stop the protesters from getting close to the gates of Westminster.
Scuffles broke out every time officers entered the circle to arrest a protestor.
"You never know who they are going to take next, once they are on
the other side of the police line you don't know what happens to
them," one protester told Local London. "Welcome to Parliament
Square. Welcome to democracy."

A 20-year-old wheelchair-bound French woman, who identified
herself only as D, helped to shield another protester from being
arrested. "Cops don't charge people in wheelchairs, I hope," she

Of the 38 arrests, most were for breaching a ban on protests within
one mile of Parliament Square. One person is being held on
suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon, and another for possesing
an illegal substance, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

A photographer was taken to hospital by ambulance with ashtma
after being pushed to the ground by a policeman. At least one
protester claimed he was hit in the face.

Anarchists - some dressed like punks, others with their faces hidden
behind scarves and hoodies - waved placards saying "No state. No
war. No leader and no hierarchy," and "Tony Blair, war criminal."

Every so often they chanted: "This is not democracy, this is

An unnamed protester said: "The police make it all worth it. If it was
just the demonstrators here you would not notice the difference
between them and the tourists."
A photographer was taken to hospital by ambulance after he was
pushed to the ground by a policeman. (Picture: Martina Smit)
A photographer was taken to hospital by ambulance after he was
pushed to the ground by a policeman. (Picture: Martina Smit)

Another, who called himself Hassan Equality, said: "I don't mind if I
get arrested, because there are people that are dying (at war)."

Up to 800 officers were on stand-by to stamp out any trouble.

Commander Bob Broadhurst said those planning the demonstration
had been asked to be cooperative, but police were never contacted.

He said that without permission for the protest, they were breaking
the law.

"The Met will always facilitate lawful protest, and in fact has a long
history of doing so," Commander Broadhurst said.

"What we will not tolerate is people breaking the law, attempting to
disrupt Parliament and disrupting the normal life of central London.

Police photographers gathered evidence at the event, filming the

A website promoting the campaign said: "Despite repeated mass
protests parliament has ignored those it is supposed to represent and
consistently sided with continuing wars and further authoritarian

"We have only one option left: Sack Parliament."
* See: http://www.ainfos.ca/06/oct/ainfos00104.html
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