It all kicked off this morning in central London today ahead of next week’s G8 summit when riot police raided 40 Beak Street where anti-G8 demonstrators were gathering. The police moved in around 10am to shut down the StopG8 group who were meeting before today’s ‘Carnival Against Capitalism‘ which was planned to start a week of protests in the capital leading up to the G8 in Northern Ireland on June 17-18.
Over 100 riot police cordoned off the surrounding Soho streets and trapped protestors in Beak Street with skirmishes happening on the roof as allegedly a protester tried to throw themselves off.
A London police spokesman said: ‘There’s a warrant being executed there… Our protest liaison teams are actively working to engage with those wishing to protest so that we can facilitate peaceful protest.’
Of the 40 protesters inside, the Met say that only 6 were arrested. By late morning the majority of protesters had moved onto Regent Street.
Despite the protests being largely non-violent this morning, some protesters were being treated by police medics.
Small groups of protesters were split up by Police around the Soho area.
Traffic came to a halt on Regent Street and beyond as protestors spilled into Piccadilly Circus with drums and dancing. One protester we spoke to said: ‘We are protesting against the G8 and the regimental capitalism they bring with them.’ They seemed like they would be continuing on to the other planned ‘Carnival against Capitalism’ sites for the rest of the day with the Met Police closely in tow.
From Time Out Towers we can still hear helicopters overhead…