LAST night November 5, thousands of protesters wearing sinister Guy Fawkes masks caused chaos in the streets of London.
More than 20.000 people had said on Facebook they would attend the event described as the ‘World’s Largest Protest by the Most Influential Group in the World.’
Police had to hold back hundreds of anarchists out of Buckingham Palace. Protesters tried to dazzle police horses with laser pointers and also aimed fireworks at them.
A different group of protestors, also wearing masks targeted Leicester Square where the new Hunger Games UK film premiere was happening.
One anarchist wearing a Colmar ski jacket was caught on camera smashing a torched police car.
Elsewhere, police officers were forced to wave their batons after the scenes turned violent as vandals paraded through the streets with smoke bombs and creating graffiti. At least three officers were injured and taken to hospital and a total of 50 people were arrested.
A spokesman for the police said: “Three officers have been taken to hospital with injuries sustained policing the protests, the injuries sustained are not believed to be life-threatening.”
Events came hours after Anonymous, the anarchist hacking group behind the “Million Mask March” said “police are not your friends.” Last year, English comedian, actor and activist Russell Brand and British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the group’s supporters on a November 5 protest.
Protesters marching from Trafalgar Square to Whitehall were placed under strict restrictions, but violence broke out as crowds moved on. In a police stop and search, three men carrying knives, gas canisters and lock picks were arrested in Trafalgar Square and three people were held at about 2.30pm.
The protest went on for at least an hour and half longer after the given 9pm deadline. Fireworks were launched across Trafalgar Square and officers began making more arrests after 9.30pm.
Some activists were heard screaming: “Whose streets? Our streets’ as confused tourists looked on and took pictures. Others carried placards bearing the message: ‘One solution: Revolution.”