And see this, for one young female activist’s view of our revolution needing to be “led” by anyone . . .
Fireworks thrown and Nelson’s Column and Victoria Memorial damaged as anti-austerity campaigners protest in London
November 6, 2013
theguardian.com, via Janet
A fire was started just yards from the gates of the royal palace and fireworks were reportedly thrown as protesters threw glass bottles during clashes with police on Tuesday night.
Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square and the Victoria Memorial near the palace were damaged during the demonstrations.
A fire was started near the Victoria Memorial, where at least one man and woman were seen being taken away by officers. Fireworks were also reportedly thrown towards the palace.
Comedian Russell Brand at the Anonymous march. Photograph: Ik Aldama/Aldama/Demotix/CorbisEleven people were arrested, Scotland Yard said, nine for public order offences and two for criminal damage. Officers in riot gear tried to shepherd the crowd, which was part of a pre-arranged Anonymous Million Mask March.
Similar events were staged in cities in Japan, Australia and New Zealand in opposition to austerity cuts, corruption and an increase in state surveillance.
The Green MP Caroline Lucas said on Twitter she had joined the protestagainst austerity outside parliament earlier in the day, while the comedian Russell Brand was also pictured at demonstrations near Downing Street.
Protesters stand on the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Yui Mok/PACeylan Hassan, 24, a university graduate, who was among the protesters in London, said: “They started shouting ‘move back, move back’, but we had nowhere to go. The police started pushing us, screaming ‘move back, move back’.
“There was a fire on the right hand side of the monument and people started throwing things.”
Protesters were moved back away from Buckingham Palace as the atmosphere grew tense. Some of those involved in the march were seen ripping barriers from the side of the road.
Sean Roesner, 21, a self-employed computer programmer, travelled to the protest with his brother and friend from King’s Lynn, Norfolk. He said: “We turned up and the protest was at Buckingham Palace. When we arrived people were firing fireworks at the palace. It was funny. I didn’t have any but I would have fired some if I had.
Fireworks are fired at Buckingham Palace during the Anonymous Million Mask March in central London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA”I joined Anonymous because I was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act. I spent eight months on police bail last year and had done nothing wrong. We are here to stand up for what we believe in, to make the world a better place.”
Roesner said his friend had been among a group of people encircled by the police on the Mall.
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