April 1st saw at least 10,000 protesters enter the Square Mile. There was palpable anger against the banking system and the government for getting us all into this mess. What follows is an overview of photos that I took through the day. It gives a kind of overview of the day. It should be noted that almost each photo has a series that should go alongside, all deserving of articles in themselves. Over the next few days Last Hours will be working on a series of pieces that will draw the different seams together from today’s huge event.
The day’s demonstrations were kicked off by a leisurely Critical Mass around the City of London visiting carbon traders
The critical mass went past a suspicious looking van. The Space Hijackers on the move!
At around 11.30am four processions in different parts of the City started moving to the Bank of England
Bank place was heaving with people at midday
Police tried to stop people from leaving their cordon at the end of Threadneedle street
Police used baton charges throughout the day causing indescriminate injuries
Though even the excess police violence didn’t put people off!
People pushed through though, leaving the riot police to slowly retreat
But the crowd surged past the police and a number of people started attacking the RBS on Threadneedle street
People in the RBS
People started to kick in the RBS windows
And spraypainted messages on the wall
After half an hour the police regained control, and started pushing people back up Threadneedle street
‘Fucking jump!’ – the cry to bankers in HSBC later in the day
Elsewhere Climate Camp formed on Bishopsgate opposite the European Carbon Trading office
The day finished off with people being moved out of the Bank of England area using baton charges and continually police pushes.