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Monday, 3.42pm

After an afternoon of dancing and planting, riot police are now beginning to arrest people as they continue to demonstrate outside Parliament. Independent Media Centre journalists have heard that Reclaim the Streets are currently in negotiations with the police to allow the crowd to leave peacefully.

In other parts of the city there are reported incidents of police horses charging the crowd. The latest from Trafalgar Square is that a sound system is currently entertaining the crowd although entrances have now been blocked. Hundreds of people are now waiting in the square as samba bands continue to play with protestors dancing and wandering through the newly-created gardens.

The Houses of Parliament themselves are heavily barricaded with hundreds of people continuing to dance around the maypole. Big Ben has struck 3.30 and there is a sense of apprehension in the air.

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