dispatch | 04.07.2005 12:10 | G8 2005
Update 21:45 All riot police are now being withdrawn from the Princess st / South St Andrews / St Davids street area to loud cheers.
Update 21:42 St Davids Street: riot police retreating from south st davids street as people chant 'our streets'
Update 21:32 Bottles being thrown at police in town centre.
Update 21:30 approxMeuse Lane - side st of south st andrews - crowds of locals attacking police - shouting they are scottish and telling the police to "fuck off out of our country" and get off their streets. Crowd shouting 'whose streets our streets'.
Update 21:02 Princes Street : a group of at least 100 people at cross section Waverly-brigde /Princes street: cops reinforcing their lines, people moving a bit into South St. Andrews - overwhelming majority are local people.
Update 20:55: Same area. A snatch squad has grabbed two young girls from the onlooking crowd - the rest of the crowd has reacted angrily chanting 'let them go' and more riot police are pouring into the area.
Update 20.50: South St. David Street: The legal support group reports 8 arrests in that area.
Update 20:50: South St David's St still closed by riot cops - 6/7 people in plastic quick cuffs have been walked round into princess street and lined up by police outside macdonalds. An IMC reporter thinks it looks like a parade for the press.
Update 20:30: South end of St David Street is blocked by riot police. Hanover street is blocked by riot police. Frederick street is blocked by riot police - all about 20 mins ago - no one is trapped by them, this is just the lockdown after the latest trouble there.
Update 19:25: Police are now stopping and searching anyone that is walking down York Place.
Update 19:00: North St Andrews Street: Large numbers of riot police yelding full riot gear and battons are moving towards a crowd gathered in the street, some of which appear to be local youth.
Update 18:30: South St. David Street/Rose street: about 300 people are in the area, this includes a lot of people coming from work etc. They are getting charged by the police.
Update 18:27: Canning Street: Penn cleared now.
Update 18:19: Rose Street: People are getting released from the penns in Rose without being asked for details. The two penns have been broken up into several smaller ones.
Update 18:15: Rose Street: An ambulance has arrived for the older lady on Rose Street.
Update 18:12: Canning Street: Two people are handcuffed and led away. One of them apparently a medic.
Update 18:05: One of the two Rose Street pens is moved into Rose Street North Lane: 20 People.
Update 17:50The both penns on Rose Street are mixed, including residents. An older woman appears to have collapse close to the penn on Rose street.
Update 17:50 Princess/Hannover Street has moved up Hannover Street, split up and moved into two penns on Rose Street, east and west of Hannover Street on Rose Street.
Update 17:45 Princess Street/Hannover Street: One person injured, and surrounded by police.
Update 17:43 An injured person has been driven away in an ambulance from the corner Princess Street and Waverly Bridge.
Update 17:30 Police are blocking of the Princess street with mobile fences.
Update 17:15: Canning street: An Indymedia photographer has been searched under section 60.
Update 17:15: One person was arrested just outside the Forest Cafe.
Update 17:10 Princess street/Fredrick Street: lots of riot cps in full riot gear are blocking the street. Older people and children and trying to get through, including a disabled guy who was refused.
Update 17:05 Canningstreet: About 8 people were snatch and searched by cops. The group of demonstrators are moved into a smaller space.
Confirmation: 3 street medics have been arrested earlier today and their van has been taken away.
Update 17:06 Line of riot cops on Princess street at Hannover street has been taken off. People are free to go.
Update 17:01: Portestors have broken out off the penn on Princess street and moved into the park. The police is not following.
Update 16:53: Police have blocked people on Princess Street oppostite Marks & Spencers.
Update 16:40: Police has now stopped leeting people out Canning st cordon and they have snatched at least two protesters.
Update 16:30: In Canning st police has just announced in the loudspeaker that people must surrender any face mask or any thing that may conceal identities so to be let out the cordon.
Update 16:15: Riot police are now advancing towards the crowd still sitting in Canning St. An IMC volunteer has witnessed an arrest of an activist carrying a black flag.
Update 15:56: A legal observer confirms that part of the Samba band still playing in front of the Museum in Prince St with around hundred people. They are now being let out the cordon, but the same as in Caning street, they are being filmed and searched. People that refuse to show their ID are currently being 'detained'.
Update 15:35: People are now being released in Canning st. Protestors are not being arrested but they are searched and filmed as they are let out the cordon. At the other side of the cordon there are several lines of riot police.
Update 15:24: Over 100 people are being blocked at the square by the art gallery in Princess St. Samba are outside the cordon whilst police are not letting people out.
Update 14:30: To escape a police charge people were forced over a fence with spikes near Princes Street. Several people have been injured, with reports of some quite badly.
Update 13:09: The two blocks penned in at Cannon St have attempted to break through police lines at the same time but although pudhing and shoving, this was repelled by police and the blocks still remain as two.
Update 12:50: Report that the Infernal Noise Brigade is at Princes St and being pushed back.
Update 12:47: Reports that police have just brought in police dogs in the financial area of the city, near West Approach Road.
Update 12:40: Reports of the main march still stuck at Cannon St and blocked in on either side by police.
Update 12:35: Reports of 40 people have been arrested near Princess street.
Update 12:25: A volunteer from Teviot Hall info point confirms that it has now been closed down. The police have got in touch with the University's secirty and advised this.
Update 12:20: Reports of mounted police assembling at Haymarket.
Update 12:15: A BBC camera reporter that was penned in with the clowns has also been serched through her hair and bags and patted down even with accreditation press card.
Update 12:09: Unconfirmed reports of mounted police arriving at Haymarket station
Update 12:00: About 20 clowns penned in, and another 60 people around them. Report from 1 arrest. A second group of clowns being chased by cops.
Update 11.54: Same group of clowns being searched near to their vehicles. Police is now searching their vehicles. Another group of 15 or so clowns w ere just chased by police up a side street. Clowns being searched are (of course) still acting like clowns!
Helicopters keep circling over head and every now and then another convuy of police vans goes hurtling past
Update 11.51: Approx 25 clowns surrounded by police in Bristo Square Car Park.
Update 11.50: Clown Army penned close to Bristo Place.
Update 11.50: Mound, off Princess Street, at least 40 riot cop vans, with up to 100 riot cops geared up. Eye witness account of undercover cops operating in the area. All major shops and chain stores boarded up. Private Security deployed at the entrances.
A group of 20 activists being constantly followed by two TV camera crews and several foto journalists. Activists confronted journalists to stop them from taking their fotos.
Clown Army is followed by cops around the city.
FIT (Forward Intelligence Team) moving around the city, following the clowns and showing up in front of the IMC.