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UK: Riot police trap G8 protesters in Central London building00:43

UK: Riot police trap G8 protesters in Central London building

United Kingdom, London
June 11, 2013 at 10:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK: Riot police trap G8 protesters in Central London building

Riot police descended Tuesday on a central London property where activists had planned to launch a week of anti-G8 protests. Over 100 officers trapped the demonstrators in a small area in Beak Street, Soho while police helicopters hovered above the scene. They are reportedly stopping protesters from getting near the building.

The demonstrators, belonging to the StopG8 group, had planned to launch a "Carnival Against Capitalism" on London's streets ahead of the meeting of the Group of Eight largest industrial nations in Northern Ireland.

Leaders will converge on the Lough Erne hotel and golf resort on June 17-18 for the 39th G8 summit. Security has been tightened near the resort and in Belfast ahead of expected protests.

StopG8 had orignally planned a mass action slated to start at 12 noon local time, with a "street party" scheduled for early evening. The group promised on its website to "point out the hiding places of power, and take back the heart of our city for a day."

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UK: Riot police trap G8 protesters in Central London building

Riot police descended Tuesday on a central London property where activists had planned to launch a week of anti-G8 protests. Over 100 officers trapped the demonstrators in a small area in Beak Street, Soho while police helicopters hovered above the scene. They are reportedly stopping protesters from getting near the building.

The demonstrators, belonging to the StopG8 group, had planned to launch a "Carnival Against Capitalism" on London's streets ahead of the meeting of the Group of Eight largest industrial nations in Northern Ireland.

Leaders will converge on the Lough Erne hotel and golf resort on June 17-18 for the 39th G8 summit. Security has been tightened near the resort and in Belfast ahead of expected protests.

StopG8 had orignally planned a mass action slated to start at 12 noon local time, with a "street party" scheduled for early evening. The group promised on its website to "point out the hiding places of power, and take back the heart of our city for a day."