FNCU Recap: Stop G8 Protests Hit London
FNCU Intern William Joy captured the June 2013 Stop G8 Protests in London, where violence and almost 60 arrests occurred in advance of the G8 summit in Fermanagh, Ireland.
The protests started on Tuesday June 11th, when over 100 police officers raided the group’s headquarters in an unused building in Soho. Roughly 250 protesters spent the day chanting in protest of the police and capitalism. The police arrested 57 people for alleged acts of violence including possession of articles with intent to commit criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, assault on police, criminal damage, violent disorder, and failing to remove a face covering.
Wednesday June 12th, the protests were less extreme as the group chanted in front of various defense companies around London. Dressed in paper painter’s suits and grim reaper costumes, the group of around 50 people started their protest in front of BAE Systems and marched to companies including Lockheed Martin and L3 Communications escorted by nearly 100 police officers.
Thursday, June 13th, the group campaigned for people in immigration detention and prisons.
Friday June 14th, the four days of protesting finished as nearly 30 people headed to Canary Wharf to in protest of increasing government debt.