Just back home from the G20 demos. I was in the peaceful part, US Embassy to Trafalgar Square. The police couldn't have been nicer with us, in total contrast to the policing at the Bank, where they used their stupid penning up tactic. The organisers said there was no trouble before they were corralled around the Bank area. After two and a half hours scuffles started when people tried to escape. Now it is still in confusion. Twittering is happening now here.
Noel Lynch first hand account.
George Monbiot: The trouble-makers are out in force again. Dressed in black, their faces partly obscured, some of them appear to be interested only in violent confrontation. It's almost as if they are deliberately raising the temperature, pushing and pushing until a fight kicks off. But this isn't some disorganised rabble: these people were bussed in and are plainly acting in concert. There's another dead giveaway. They are all wearing the same slogan: Police.
A Green Party comrade who was in the Bank of England area writes:
The demonstrators at the Bank of England were peaceful: the police were brutal and used dangerous tactics to stoke the crowd up. The only way myself and other Green comrades managed to leave the demo was by following others who broke through the lines.
The crowd was very well natured. There is a lot of propaganda out claiming violence which is just untrue. The first window was smashed only when police appeared on horseback. 7 protesters hospitalized, 1 dead: only 1 police officer in similar position.
Police medics stood back and allowed pregnant women and parents with young children to be kept in the enclosure.