imcukreports | 31.10.2002 20:52
21:10: police let people into LSE but not out, aggressively pushing people around. a young woman was violently arrested and police targeted a Stop The War activist out of the crowd for arrest. earlier another Stop The War activist, a woman, had been targeted for arrest already.
20:50: strand group disbanded, Samba Band to the pub, joining Aldwych group who moves towards halton St to the LSE. over 40 police vans in the surrounding streets, police presence scaling down, horses gone.
20:30: march in two - strand group being loosely surrounded, other group is sitting down, blocking the curved bit of aldwych.
20:10: the crowd moves towards Strand, following the Samba Band. Nervous police, confident crowd, holding lots of little sit-ins.
20:00: crowd being pushed towards Trafalgar Sq where people stage a sit-in. more arrests made.
19:45: Downing St 'cleared'. enormous amount of police photographers.
19:30: Traffic stopped, and shuffles between police and demonstrators, with at least 2 Wombles having been arrested.
19:20: the entire crowd is fenced in, with the Samba band still playing.
18.35: police try to push the protesters back into Parliament Sq but the crowd started to move towards Whitehall
18.30: 100 elderly people attempting to hold a sit-in in front of Downing St 10 but police moved them on. demonstration starting to move towards Whitehall
18.20: 2500 people amassed on the green in the middle of the square, riot police behind crash barriers, traffic still flowing
18.10: Critical mass reaches Houses of Commons, a few thousand people waiting, whilst speeches are being given. [Audio]