Long term protester Brian Haw addresses the crowd in Trafalgar Square
And so does Tony Benn
The policed take photos of protesters
March leaves for Whitehall suddenly made legal despite being in SOCPA zone
Parliment Square fenced off by GLA
Police arrest protester who appeared to have done nothing illegal
Fence is pushed over
Sit down protest moved by police
Sit down protesters are roughly handled
And more roughty toughty stuff
Policing of the march appeared bizarre. Protesters were halted by police at the junction of Whitehall and Parliament Square, where they were then given permission to cross the road in small groups. This meant that it took more than 2 hours for the march to pass this point. The commanding, and other officers, appeared highly stressed during their operation.
Some protesters pushed over the fence which surrounded the grassy central part of Parliament Square, and which protesters claim is a political act designed to harass them. The GLA who are responsible for Parliament Square claim the fencing is for maintenance purposes, however there is no sign of any maintenance taking place in the square. Protesters also claim the fence is illegal.
Protesters also made a number of sit-down protests on the road outside Parliament.