Police confront protestors outside the Bank of England in the City of London, Wednesday April 1, 2009, as thousands of demonstrators converged on the centre of the city to protest against the G20 scheduled for April 2.
Police confront protestors outside the Bank of England in the City of London, Wednesday April 1, 2009, as thousands of demonstrators converged on the centre of the city to protest against the G20 scheduled for April 2.

LONDON â Thousands of G-20 protesters jammed downtown London on Wednesday and some tried to storm the Bank of England, pelting police with eggs and fruit and rocking the barricades designed to control them.

Demonstrators shouted “Abolish Money!” and clogged streets in the financial district known as “The City” even as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama held a news conference elsewhere in the British capital.

Protesters had branded the day “Financial Fool’s Day” ahead of Thursday’s summit of world leaders who are gathering in hopes of resolving the global financial crisis that has lashed nations and workers worldwide.

“Every job I apply for there’s already 150 people who have also applied,” said protester Nathan Dean, 35, who lost his information technology job three weeks ago. “I have had to sign on to the dole (welfare) for the first time in my life. You end up having to pay your mortgage on your credit card and you fall into debt twice over.”

Demonstrators hoisted effigies of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse,” representing war, climate chaos, financial crimes and homelessness.

“The greed that is driving people is tearing us apart,” said Steve Lamont, 45, flanked by his family and protesters who were banging on bells, playing drums and blowing whistles.

At least eight people were reportedly arrested for having police uniforms. One police officer lost his helmet and demonstrators tossed it around like a trophy and chanted slogans.

Helicopters hovered above the protests and some buildings were boarded up in case the protests turned ugly. Many banks had extra security and hundreds of police officers lined the streets.

Despite the pushing and shoving along the police barricades, there were no reported injuries.

Fearing they would be targeted by protesters, some bankers swapped their pinstripe suits for casual wear and others stayed home. Bolder financial workers leaned out their office windows Wednesday, taunting demonstrators and waving 10 pound notes at them.

Especially in Britain, bankers have been lambasted as being greedy and blamed for the recession that is making jobless ranks soar.

“It seems like everything is in a mess,” said protester Steve Johnson, 49, an unemployed construction worker. “You get bankers getting massive bonuses, and the MPs (British lawmakers) are lining their own pockets.”

Musician and political activist Billy Bragg said the time was now to make a difference.

“It’s better than sitting down shouting at the television at these bankers,” he said. “We cannot go back to the way things were before to the million-dollar bonus culture.”

Protesters included anarchists, anti-capitalists, environmentalists, students, unionized workers, unemployed workers and others hurt by the global financial crisis.

One protester dressed as the Easter bunny managed to hop through the police cordon but was stopped before he could reach the Bank of England. Another black-clad demonstrator waved a fake light saber at officers.

VIDEO: G20 PROTEST

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Hey AP and Daily Camera, where’s the pictures of the protests? Also, barely a mention of this in The NY Times and Washington Post, a few paragraphs buried in the back pages.

Reminds me of when literally millions of people around the world protested before the illegal Iraq invasion/ genocide and there was almost nothing in U.S. news reports. Turns out that the protesters were right.

robert@customquality.com

4/1/2009 7:19:00 AM

Hammer and Sickle time…

Strt56

4/1/2009 9:40:04 AM

“One protester dressed as the Easter bunny managed to hop through the police cordon but was stopped before he could reach the Bank of England. Another black-clad demonstrator waved a fake light saber at officers.”

LMAO!! This is the funniest thing I have read in a while. It’s not a funny situation, but at least we haven’t lost our sense of humour through all of this ridiculous greed induced mess. Why weren’t there protests here in the states? Or were there? I just don’t know what the hell is really going on with all of the shotty reporting these days.

rainwater79

4/1/2009 10:22:00 AM

While these protesters are certainly extremists with little sense (Demonstrators shouted “Abolish Money!”).

I am frequently amazed at how docile Americans are as freedoms are quietly eroded, even here in Boulder!

trappist99@yahoo.com

4/1/2009 10:26:36 AM

Man,that cop in the pic is having a jolly good time.

He has an expression that says “take that,oohhh that’s gotta hurt”

xxx

4/1/2009 10:31:45 AM

France and England now protesting and us…nothing. We’re so content, sipping our lattes at Vic’s with a strong dose of prozac. How many more people will have to be living in tent cities? Our time is coming. Post the date and time of the revolution here. Let’s storm AIG and Country Wide Mortgage first.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 10:33:44 AM

Protests have been going on for over a month, but they are conservative, so the liberal MSM won’t cover them.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/21/tea-party-usa-the-movement-grows/

“Seattle on Monday. Denver on Tuesday. Mesa AZ on Wednesday. Overland Park, Kansas today. What a week, huh? We got the anti-stimulus, anti-entitlement protest ball rolling â and now the movement, spurred further by CNBC host Rick Santelli’s call for a “Chicago Tea Party,” is really taking off.

David Hogberg at Investor’s Business Daily has a nice piece out today spotlighting the growing taxpayer revolt the rest of the MSM won’t cover. He interviewed our registered commenters Liberty Belle Keli Carender, who spearheaded the Seattle anti-pork protest, and HuskerGirl Amanda Grosserode, who organized today’s anti-stimulus demonstration against Democrat Rep. Dennis Moore in Overland Park, KS.”

bobcat77

4/1/2009 11:11:27 AM

I once spoke with a guywho travels to the major “protests”. I’m not sure he could have been any stupider of a human being and was basically there for the violence. The Tea party protests are polite and have a reason, go figure.

chucklehead

4/1/2009 11:28:01 AM

I strongly agree we should abolish money.Therefore, in the spirit of humanity, I am offering to drive over and pick up your useless money at no cost and ensure it is properly disposed of.This is a limited time offer, so please act now.

gsegiet@flash.net

4/1/2009 12:16:06 PM

Great pic of a guy who just got smacked by a copper.

http://www.dailycamera.com/photos/2009/apr/01/146735/

BiggieSmalls

4/1/2009 1:18:22 PM

gsegiet: Funny!

I don’t have any cash, but how ’bout some AIG stock.

HowardFineandHoward

4/1/2009 1:33:58 PM

I agree with Comments above; TRILLIONS of dollars have been squandered/lost/fill-in-the-blank, with literally no recrimination or accountability.Take one dollar from a gumball machine and go to jail; take a billion and you receive a few million more in bonus.I see why there are protests.

Obama is in a very interesting position: he has to sound positive. Just think if he told the truth – “Trillions of dollars have been lost thru a corrupt and mismanaged financial system.No one will go to jail, but millions of people will lose their jobs, their savings, and maybe their homes.There’s actually not much we can do about it now, but I’m going to toss in a couple trillion of your taxes, in order to keep moral up and to prevent a total collapse of the world economy that will last decades.”

He makes that speech, which would be telling the truth, and instead of protests in London, all heck would break loose – we’d all spill out on the streets, grabbing what we could while we still could.

We’re in an interesting situation.

Buzz

4/1/2009 1:46:55 PM

Come on folks, lets not worry about the economy, or terrorists, or illegal immigration, or N. Korea….. lets all pay attention to what the Messiah’s wife is wearing! Yeah, that’s what we should be worrying about!

Strt56

4/1/2009 2:25:34 PM

“Take one dollar from a gumball machine and go to jail; take a billion and you receive a few million more in bonus.”

Sad and unfortunately very, very true Buzz.

jbird

4/1/2009 2:40:41 PM

robert – These are professional protesters.They are highly organized and travel all over the world plying their trade.Their presence signifies nothing except that a bunch of people who protest for a living…are…protesting.

ThatCertainWoman

4/1/2009 3:04:50 PM

Money is such a bother,,,,, unless you need to pay your dentist for repairing teeth damaged at a protest…………………

thecondoguy1

4/1/2009 3:09:28 PM

“Bolder financial workers leaned out their office windows Wednesday, taunting demonstrators and waving 10 pound notes at them.”

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Ha!Brilliant.If only it had been 100’s…..

Oh, and another thing about these “protesters” – the blood on their faces is fake.Just one of the many tricks in their histrionic tool kit…..

And why is the DC focusing on this sideshow, when the real news is that Obama, once again, has completely embarrassed America re: Great Britain?

First it was the “gift” of 25 DVD’s that won’t even play in the U.K. region.Then it was the two handed handshake with the Queen, which even the blond talking heads knew was simply not done.And finally giving the Queen an iPod as a gift.

How can he and his staff be so incredibly ignorant?It’s like watching a 15-year-old trying to play grown-up, except that when it’s the President of the United States things like that actually kinda sorta matter.What a doofus.

ThatCertainWoman

4/1/2009 3:14:11 PM

“Posted by thecondoguy1 on April 1, 2009 at 3:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Money is such a bother,,,,, unless you need to pay your dentist for repairing teeth damaged at a protest…………………”

LOL

BiggieSmalls

4/1/2009 3:34:58 PM