Anarchist protesters walked and ran from Trafalgar Square to Bond St and Oxford St where they smashed a few windows and threw paint and flares at shops of banks & companies avoiding paying UK tax, including the RBS and Topshop.
Anarchist protesters walked and ran from Trafalgar Square to Bond St and Oxford St where they smashed a few windows and threw paint and flares at shops of banks and companies avoiding paying UK taxes, including the RBS and Topshop. London, UK. 26/03/2011
While I was watching protesters in Trafalgar Square I saw a group of several hundred anarchists, dress in black and mainly wearing face masks making their way up past the National Portrait Gallery, many waving red and black flags.
I rushed across and went with them as they took a slightly wandering route through some of the back streets to Piccadilly Circus. Police made a half-hearted attempt to stop them as they surged up Regent Street but there were far to police to have any effect. The first of a number of coloured flares was lit here, producing some dense yellow smoke.
Half way up Regent St the group turned down Conduit Street and into Mayfair, where a few flares were let off, and on Bond St there was the first of several attacks on businesses, but a group of around 20 police prevented any damage to the RBS branch there, although some paint was thrown at the police and some hit an adjoining building.
The group then turned along Oxford St towards Oxford Circus, stopping outside Topshop, where some of the doors were smashed and more paint thrown.
I moved in to take photographs as police arrested one of the protesters, holding him on the ground, and was hit full on the chest by a paint-bomb probably aimed at the police. I then found myself being photographed by all the other photographers rather than taking pictures before retiring a nearby public toilet to wipe off the worst of the paint.