Anarchist wrecks police car in £500 designer jacket

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Police are investigating a series of incidents including the attempted torching of the unoccupied patrol car which was parked in in Queen Anne’s Gate, a police horse and its rider being injured when it bolted after a firework whistled past it, and attacks on two other police officers that left them in hospital.Rubbish and paper placed on the windscreen was set alight, before the top-end ski-jacket wearer bust up its windscreen with metal railings and another map jumped on top of it to try to kick the glass through.Perhaps the protester’s wearing of the luxury Colmar ski jacket was symbolic of the event’s stance against austerity and the cuts program, as there was nothing austere or budget about the designer sportswear.One online poster said: “So, a supposedly anti-capitalist demonstration by people (or whose parents) can afford £475 jackets that they quite obviously know will be replaced by brand new and more expensive ones? How ironic.”The march, organised by mystery hacktivist group Anonymous, was also said to be about corruption with in government, bankers and new internet surveillance measures, among other left wing causes.

But although 50 people were arrested, mainly for public order offences, and there were a number of isolated incidents of serious disorder, much fewer people took part in the demo which started at 6pm in Trafalgar square than police, who feared up to 1,800 may turn up, anticipated.

Several people remained in custody this morning.

Police said the majority of arrests were made following two containments in the areas of St Martin’s Place, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Street, Whitehall.

Three officers were taken to hospital with injuries sustained policing the protests, the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

One man was arrested for assaulting a police officer in connection with one of the incidents where an officer was injured and he remains in custody at central London police station.

A Met Police spokesman said: “During the course of the evening, a police horse suffered injuries near Buckingham Palace in which the police rider was thrown from the horse.

“The rider was taken to hospital as a precaution and the horse returned to stables for treatment.”

A stop and search carried out at 2.25pm, hours before the demo, found three men acting suspiciously to have on them knives, smoke and paint bombs, gas canisters and lock picks.

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Thousands of people wore sinister Guy Fawkes masks

The three men – aged 38, 55 and 50 – were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of offensive weapons and taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody.Of the atempted police car burning, the spokesperson said it was quickly extingusiged.He said: “A small number of people were involved in this incident and it was away from the main protests. No officers were injured and enquiries into the incident’s circumstances continue.”Commander BJ Harrington said: “We facilitate hundreds of protests every year in London peacefully and with the co-operation of the organisers.”On this occasion a group of protestors chose not to engage with police or adhere to the conditions of the protest and were intent on criminality.

“I’d like to thank those who conducted themselves in a peaceful manner and as well as Londoners for their patience and tolerance whilst anti-social and intimidating behaviour was happening.”

He added: “Officers have been hospitalised, a police horse suffered injuries and a police car was criminally damaged during the course of the protest which is completely unacceptable.

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“I praise the professionalism and restraint that officers have shown in the face of hostile provocation and enabled the policing operation to pass without major incidents. We will bring those responsible for the criminality to face justice.”

“Officers have been hospitalised, a police horse suffered injuries and a police car was criminally damaged during the course of the protest which is completely unacceptable. I praise the professionalism and restraint that officers have shown in the face of hostile provocation and enabled the policing operation to pass without major incidents.

“We will bring those responsible for the criminality to face justice.”

The initially peaceful Million Mask March soon turned ugly as thousands of demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks clashed with barriers of police officers and hurled fireworks.

Protestors were met by a “significant policing operation” as thousands of extra officers were deployed to tackle the unrest.

Violence also reportedly erupted near Buckingham Palace – a long way from the agreed route.

Bloodied bodies were tended to by emergency crews as police and mounted officers formed human shields on sections of Westminster closed off to surging protesters.

Some managed to break free from the main route, heading instead to Buckingham Palace and Green Park, where protesters threw missiles such as cones and fireworks at police horses.

Staff and customers were later reported to be trapped inside a designer shop off Regent Street.A sizeable group of protestors also made its way through Soho and Chinatown, heading for Leicester Square, where Jenifer Lawrence was attending the UK premier of the latest Hunger  Games movie.Police officers formed a barrier against the densely packed protestors, hurling bottles and chanting “Shame on you, we’re human too”.A sudden surge of activity broke out about half an hour into the march – which started at 6pm – as several people broke off and ran towards the Churchill War Rooms in King Charles Street.One activist, who gave her name as Lola, said she had travelled from Hull to the capital to speak up for others.

She said: “There are people who aren’t represented, they should be here. I am the people.

“The media twist it. We are peaceful, we are doing this in a peaceful manner, but the media focus on the 1% who cause trouble.”

Self-proclaimed anarchist Aztecarna Peatonito, from Mexico, said he wanted a peaceful way of spreading a message against inequality.

He said: “We tried for six years to get the press to take us seriously. It is only when we wore the masks that we started getting attention.

“Anyone who is violent is not with us.”

Videos posted to YouTube last night and today showed some people on the march banging on car windows and intimidating drivers along the route who did not support them.

Ahead of the demo, on Wednesday, police issued a desperate plea for the mystery organisers of what has been described as one of “the world’s biggest ever global protests” to contact them amid fears of carnage in London and other cities across the globe.

To coincide with  Guy Fawkes Night Anonymous held its fourth annual Million Mask March event at around 670 cities across the globe.Anonymous campaigns on a number of issues, including ironically internet snooping despite claiming responsibility for a string of high-profile hack attacks, but the Met Police said it had no idea what the objective of today’s March was.The force warned busineses and owners of buildings in Westminster they could become “targets” of criminal damage and mass stormings by protesters.It also warned commuters and theatre goers they could become caught up in violent outbreaks.Meanwhile, there were also fears of repeats of the violent clashes between ravers and police that happened in the early hours of Sunday in Lambeth, after the force blocked access to an illegal event being held in a disused building near the South Bank.

Skum Tek, which organises the illegal raves and has previously promoted Anonymous and the Occupy movement on its Facebook page, had also planned a rave on the night of November 5 at an undisclosed location in the capital.

A flyer, which was doing the rounds on Facebook called it the: “Scumpowder N Reason Lost the Plot rave featuring a picture of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators with Guy Fawkes head replaced as a skull and cross bones with a Scum Tek logo on the forehead.

No venue was listed, but it was reportedly due to start at 8pm.

However, the group has since denied it ever intended holding an event last night.

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