Eleven arrested in Occupy protest
Published 12/05/2012 | 13:52
Eleven people have been arrested after a day of protest in London saw anti-capitalists from the Occupy movement pitch tents outside the Bank of England.
The arrests were made for public order offences linked to the day's demonstrations, which led to around 10 tents being set up outside the banking institution, City of London Police said.
The protest by around 300 demonstrators in the City of London was part of a global day of action in which thousands of people staged rallies in cities including Moscow, New York, Athens and Madrid, organisers said.
Protesters gathered outside St Paul's Cathedral for a rally before embarking on a "visiting the 1%" march which attempted to visit the offices of some of the largest banking institutions.
These included some of the largest firms in the financial heart of the capital, such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, RBS and Santander.
Occupy London supporter David Lincoln said: "The Bank of England stands right at the intersection of finance and government. In the light of Bank governor Mervyn King's recent comments about 'vested interests' standing in the way of reform of the financial sector, it is clear that that balance in the UK is fundamentally skewed.
"Hundreds of people gathering by the Bank of England is a powerful symbol of how things have to change."
The demonstrators were closely shadowed by City of London Police, who attempted to contain them on several occasions, leading to a number of minor skirmishes.
Occupy claimed some police officers used "unreasonable force, including batons being drawn", as they marched around the City.
The Occupy protesters were joined by members of Spanish protest group Indignados and Take the Square. Protesters in Spain are aiming to occupy Madrid's central Puerta del Sol plaza for the next three days, despite the government warning it will not allow any camping.