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Anti-Cuts march madness.

Posted: March 28, 2011 by hbl010 in HBL, news, Pupil
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Campaigners attacked police officers, smashed windows and daubed banks and shops with paint on Saturday during and after a march.

A total of 201 arrests were made most of them after campaigners staged a sit in at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly.

The TUC said 250,000 – 500,000 people attended the march which passed without any incidents. But a separate group, who wore scarves to cover their faces, starting attacking shops, which including topshop and banks.

The metropolitan polices has faced criticism of the way they handled the violent protesters. Former deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick said officers should have done more to protect property.

But Commander Bob Broadhurst who was in charge of policing the protest said they did their best.

He said although there had been talk on the internet about planned violence, there was not enough evidence to take action against individuals before the event.

Mr Broadhurst warned that similar groups may also attack the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29th April.

On Sunday 138 of those arrested were charged with aggravated trespass and were bailed to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ court on various dates which begins 9th May.

The remaining people were charged with various offences.

There were 84 injuries reported, including 31 police officers, which 11 of them needed hospital treatment.