Protests in London - level 3
Violence, once again, on the streets of London. There were ugly scenes in the capital on Tuesday as thousands of anti-capitalist protesters clashed with police ahead of the G8 summit next week.
Dozens of people were arrested as scuffles broke out across some of the busiest parts of the capital.
In Soho, police used circular saws to break into a squat. They then stormed the building to be met by protesters armed with water pistols. Officers in climbing gear even took to the roof to ensure there was no escape. But that didn't stop one man from trying in this dramatic attempt to leap from the building. Luckily, however, he was caught and once secure, he was taken to hospital.
"Shame on you. Shame on you. Shame on you."
Many of the activists wore masks and carried banners as they marched through areas including Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Soho. It was built as a carnival against capitalism to start a week of action before Britain hosts the meeting of the top 8 industrialized nations at a golf resort in Northern Ireland.
And as evening fell, police reinforcements began to arrive with more arrests expected, amid fears more protesters would descend on the streets to continue their fight into the night.
Interesting words: scuffle (fight), squat (old building with people who should not live there), storm (quickly attack and enter a building), amid (in the middle of), descend (come).
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