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10 April 2009


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G20 demonstrations light-hearted and heavy

When is a riot not a riot? When it takes place at night after the reporters have returned to their offices, their deadlines passed

  • The G20 scenes of clashes, reported on page 7 and on many blogsites, appear to have happened after a day of carnival atmosphere in the tight streets of the City of London
  • Simon Keyes, director of the St
  • Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in the City, described the ominous transition from light to dark in his own blog
  • He reported little trouble during the day of festivities –‘the protest seemed to me to be unfailingly good-humoured… hundreds of cameras recorded the police’s every move and I didn’t envy them being so exposed doing such tricky work
  • ’ But late at night a different story began
  • ‘On leaving the Centre at 10
  • 15pm the police presence was massively increased
  • Most were dressed in black combat gear with helmets, riot shields and batons
  • Many had balaclava face coverings
  • A fleet of armoured cars blocked the junction outside Gibson Hall, blue lights flashing… it was obvious someone had decided not to allow the camp to remain for its stated twenty-four-hour period

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