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Friday 26 December 2014

Anti-G8 protests: Police prepared for second wave of demonstrations

Hundreds of riot officers were out in force across London on Tuesday

A protester sits on Piccadilly in front of a police line during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England.
A protester sits on Piccadilly in front of a police line during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England.
Protesters are seen at the start of a demonstration on Oxford Street as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Demonstrators are detained by police during a protest in London, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 .The protestors were demonstrating against the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17 and 18. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Riot police hold off protesters in Golden Square during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Riot police clash with protesters in Golden Square during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Protesters are seen holding placards during a demonstration on Regent Street as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The new banner unveiled for the G8 protest at Belfast City Hall which will lead the Belfast G8 protest on Saturday organised by the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Kevin Cooper/NIC-ICTU/PA Wire
Bill Gates makes a speech during the Big IF London anti-hunger event in Hyde Park, London. Enough Food for Everyone IF, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, has arranged Big IF London; a free public rally campaigning for action to be taken by G8 leaders to eliminate world hunger. The event kicks off IF's 10-day campaign in the lead up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland
A demonstrator being detained by police on the roof of a building in central London. Riot police have been deployed throughout London's West End amid protests against the G8 summit. Dwaine Field-Pellew/Absolute Radio/PA Wire
Police and demonstrators on a building in central London. Riot police have been deployed throughout London's West End amid protests against the G8 summit. Dwaine Field-Pellew/Absolute Radio/PA Wire
Police restrain a protester in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police prepare to access the convergence centre that activists of the Stop G8 protest group off Beak Street are occupying ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police restrain a protester in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Northern Ireland next week. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 11, 2013. See PA story POLICE G8. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Activists look through windows as police stand guard on the rooftop of the convergence centre of the Stop G8 protest group off Beak Street ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: People look on as police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police speak with a protester over the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week`
Police watch as protestors hang banners on the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police on the roof of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, as protesters look through the windows amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police watch as a protester stands on the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police watch as a protester stands on the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police watch as protesters look through the windows of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Demonstrators hold up a banner against the G8 outside the headquarters of British based oil multinational BP during a protest in London, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 .The protestors were demonstrating against the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17 and 18.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

A second wave of anti-G8 protests is expected to take place today, following demonstrations yesterday which saw hundreds of riot officers out in force across London's West End.

Elsewhere in Northern Ireland, trade unionists who will protest against the G8 in Belfast and Fermanagh have warned violent anti-capitalist thugs not to hijack their demonstrations.

Activists from Unite, Britain's biggest union, and NIPSA, which represents thousands of public sector workers in Northern Ireland, said measures had been put in place to prevent demonstrations in Belfast and Fermanagh being hijacked by troublemakers.

In London, Scotland Yard continued to urge activist groups to contact them, but said that so far none of the protesters have done so.

The force said a protest is expected to rally at 2pm in Carlton Gardens near Pall Mall, and that officers will be deployed there and in key areas around Oxford Street and in Soho.

Scotland Yard said in a statement: "Officers will be deployed at key locations and also act as a flexible reserve across London that can be quickly moved to respond to any incidents.

"We continue to ask protesters to contact us and work with us. What we will continue to do is uphold people's right to protest peacefully, whilst balancing the rights of others to go about their daily business, plus uphold our duty to prevent crime and disorder.

"There is information to suggest that there will be further protests in London today. As yet no one has chosen to work with us."

Ed Argar, from Westminster City Council, said protesters did not have a licence to cause disruption.

He said: "Yesterday's events demonstrate that, as ever, there were a small number of people intent on turning a legitimate protest into confrontation.

"I hope any further protests around G8 pass off peacefully. We fully support the right to legitimate protest, but that is not a licence to disrupt the daily lives of residents, visitors and businesses or the right to break the law."

Yesterday demonstrators occupied a former police building in Beak Street, Soho, before officers dramatically forced their way in.

Television footage showed climbing teams securing the roof, and bundling one protester on to his front after he ran on to the flat rooftop. The building is clear today but officers remain on guard at the site.

In total 57 people were arrested for various offences including violent disorder, possession of pointed or bladed articles and a variety of public order offences, and around 1,200 officers were deployed.

The demonstration saw protesters surge down Piccadilly, but they were blocked from accessing the historic Fortnum & Mason department store which was previously targeted during anti-cuts protests in 2011.

Around two dozen gathered near BP headquarters in St James's Square amid a heavy police presence, while others moved around Oxford Street.

A building near Liverpool Street was also raided and three arrests were made.

Police said there was intelligence to suggest that paint bombs and shields could be used against horses and officers in Westminster and the City of London.

Powers to stop and search in anticipation of violence and to require the removal of disguises have been authorised.

At next week's G8 summit, to be held in Northern Ireland, the leaders of the world's eight wealthiest countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, are due to meet at the luxury Lough Erne resort in Co Fermanagh.

US President Barack Obama is also due to visit parts of Belfast ahead of the summit.

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