33 arrests as masked marchers descend on London


Thousands of masked protestors have made their way through London for the Million Mask March.
Wearing sinister Guy Fawkes masks, placard-waving protestors descended on Trafalgar Square while a heavy police presence was there to keep everyone calm.
The marchers were said to be supporting the hacking collective Anonymous.
Within a short space of time, police had arrested 33 people.Arrests were for drugs, offensive weapons, criminal damage, public order and obstruction offences.
Police say that the arrests for obstruction were because protestors had refused to remove their masks. Most protestors chose to don masks, although a few wore scarves to hide their faces.
The protest is one of a series of organised marches coordinated across the world on Guy Fawkes night each year.
Last year, four police officers were injured in London as protestors threw fireworks and missiles at authorities.
This time around, the Met Police has put a number of restrictions in place to avoid a repeat of such scenes at the annual bonfire night protest.
Marchers were only allowed to be there for three hours from 6pm and were told they must stick to a certain route set out between Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
They could not stop at any place apart from Trafalgar Square, Richmond Terrace and Parliament Square.
The protests were largely organised via social media, with 20,000 people indicating they would be there for the capital’s march on the group’s Facebook page.
The protest began peacefully and, while there were a few arrests, it dwindled without any real disorder.
Protestors were seen atop important London monuments, including Field Marshal Haig in Trafalgar Square.
Police formed a ring of steel outside Parliament to keep protestors within the prescribed perimeters.
Notices had been pinned up by officials which read: “Please observe Public Order Act restrictions. Failure to comply may result in arrest and prosecution. Officers may require you to remove facial covering. Failure to comply is an offence.”
Confusion still reigns about the Anonymous group and what it stands for. It is a very loose international association of activists and people who call themselves hacktivists. Many protestors were carrying anti-monarchy placards, while others were protesting against the Tory government.
A website associated with Anonymous says it is “an internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”

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