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Last Hours > G20 April 1st photo overview

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G20 April 1st photo overview

April 2nd, 2009 · post by Edd

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.

Critical Mass at April 1st G20 protest
The day’s demonstrations were kicked off by a leisurely Critical Mass around the City of London visiting carbon traders

The Space Hijackers tank on the move up Bishopsgate
The critical mass went past a suspicious looking van. The Space Hijackers on the move!

The Black Horse procession at the G20 going up Canon Street
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
Bank place was heaving with people at midday

Police tried to stop people from leaving their cordon at the end of Threadneedle street
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
Police used baton charges throughout the day causing indescriminate injuries

Though even the excess police violence didn't put people off
Though even the excess police violence didn’t put people off!

People pushed through, and the riot police slowly retreated
People pushed through though, leaving the riot police to slowly retreat

People entered RBS after the windows were smashed
But the crowd surged past the police and a number of people started attacking the RBS on Threadneedle street

People in the RBS
People in the RBS

People started to kick in the RBS windows
People started to kick in the RBS windows

And spraypainted messages on the wall
And spraypainted messages on the wall

After half an hour the police regained control, and started pushing people back
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
‘Fucking jump!’ – the cry to bankers in HSBC later in the day

Climate Camp at the G20 protest on April 1st
Elsewhere Climate Camp formed on Bishopsgate opposite the European Carbon Trading office

Police baton charge at G20 protests
The day finished off with people being moved out of the Bank of England area using baton charges and continually police pushes.

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  • Jingo GoGo posted:
    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:28 am. Comment #1

    After the protests all the protesters went home and proceeded to eat food that was processed by companies, who, at some point got their money from a band then they wipe their smug butts with toilet paper which is an invention of profit and capitalism. Then the go to their lonely bedroom light up that hash that was transported with machines that ran on oil to fulfill their highs, after getting blitz they fall asleep wake up and take a warm shower using technology that comes by means of profiteering and slop down their breakfast that cost millions in carbon footprints then grab their bandanas that are made in a factory for profit and grab their protest signs grab public transportation or drive themselves to the G20 convention of hypocrites gathered out side biting the had that feeds them. Bunch Idiotic Animals.

  • jonrogue posted:
    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:50 am. Comment #2

    Er…yeah we live under capitalism, until we manage to abolish it and replace it with something else. Whats your point?

  • rob posted:
    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:12 am. Comment #3

    That comment above by ‘Jingo Go Go’ is ridiculous.

    Did you know Last Hours’ twitters were used on the Guardian website yesterday?Crazy

  • Tonnitus posted:
    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:48 am. Comment #4

    jingo, go do as you’re told. slave.

  • Chris posted:
    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm. Comment #5

    Hey thanks – Jingo – I never knew wiping your arse was a capitalist invention! I wonder what people did in Feudal times? Must have been messy!

    All these years I’ve been spouting Marx to all and sundry – if I’d realised that capitalism had single-handedly advanced us to the stage of clean sphincters I’d have given up before now, but now you’ve set me straight I will happily embrace global capitalism as the only possible structural economic form for a skid free world!

  • Tim posted:
    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm. Comment #6

    Jingo does make a valid point, if crudely drawn. The only replacements for capitalism that have ever been attempted are communism and various forms of dictatorships (monarchist, fascist etc.). All of these have one thing in common (except of course that they are all “state” control of everything) and that is they forbid the very freedoms that these banner wavers enjoy in order to demonize a system that allows freedom of expression. Perhaps they might like to go and demonstrate in N. Korea?

  • Polak Maly -The Economist posted:
    Apr 3, 2009 at 1:04 am. Comment #7

    The point is not who produces and who consumes. It is about sustainability, fairness, freedom, equality, opportunity, and real justice. We don’t want too much government, too much police, too much inequality, too much prohibition, to much consumerism, too much inopportunity, and too much injustice.

  • Sean posted:
    Apr 3, 2009 at 5:46 am. Comment #8

    Nonsense-capitalism does not need democracy, in fact throughout history, capitalist greed has frequently usurped the public interest and welfare. Capitalism works better without democracy- there are no consumer watchdog groups, environmental activists, unions, etc.

  • Polak Maly -The Economist posted:
    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:04 am. Comment #9

    The way out is to: 1. stop borrowing (Banksters create money out of thin air, they do no real work, and collect exponential interest. No borrowing, no debt-slavery, and no money for the banksters); 2. stop paying taxes (Governments are a bunch of thieves that steal from the poor to give to the rich. That is the new purpose of the G20 summit. To create more money out of thin air and coerce countries into debt-slavery. No taxes, no military, no police, and no government); 3. sustainable consumption (Large corporations and retail stores draw their profit by forcing consumers to consume largely on credit. They increase their profit margin by producing in low cost regimes and selling at many times the cost in high cost regimes. By shopping selectively and relying on communal ownership and economic diversity, large corporations will either have to get their act to together, or face going out of business).

  • Django posted:
    Apr 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm. Comment #10

    “Jingo does make a valid point, if crudely drawn. The only replacements for capitalism that have ever been attempted are communism and various forms of dictatorships (monarchist, fascist etc.). All of these have one thing in common (except of course that they are all “state” control of everything) and that is they forbid the very freedoms that these banner wavers enjoy in order to demonize a system that allows freedom of expression. Perhaps they might like to go and demonstrate in N. Korea?”

    Thats not really true. The anarchist movement has a long history, and in many countries was more influential than state-socialism for long periods of time. There have been attempts to put anarchist ideas into practice on a large scale in areas where it had a strong hold amongst the population – such as in Spain and the Ukraine . These had an important level of success before being crushed by the combined forces of bolshevism, western ‘democracy’, and in Spain, fascism.

    The countries which call themselves ’socialist’ are still capitalist countries, simply being ones where the state has assumed all the functions of private capitalists. Money, wage labour, private property, commodity production etc all still exist. As a result, class struggle still exists. There were strikes, demonstrations and riots in the Soviet Union, and there has been a massive wave of demonstrations, riots, factory occupations and strikes in China recently. In fact these struggles in cities like Dongguan have been so large that the state has been appeasing them and their ‘free expression’ rather than wading in and crushing them, as this would have been counter productive and would have set off more sympathy actions.

    Its kind of amusing that these ‘banner-wavers’ are supposed to be mocking ‘free expression’ as they’re being beaten about the head and detained in the country with the highest level of surveillance in the world – outstripping even China. ‘Democracy’ is dumped as soon as it ceases to be useful to contain struggles, as has happened innumerable times throughout history.

  • Jingo GoGo posted:
    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:23 am. Comment #11

    i have read all points made and realized in my rant i made many grammatical errors and misspellings, thus i apologize for the crudeness. I am no slave but a cynic. perhaps worse depending on your perspective. Anyhow i just wanted to point out that where i may disagree with the your methods i understand your purpose. In light of recent events in Iran it seems as though the english anarchist ought go raise a little Cain over there and really rage against a brutal fascist regime.