Anti-governmental Protests in London Result in Clashes with Police
Groups of people dressed in black and with masks on their faces threw flares and smoke grenades at the headquarters of HSBC bank in the center of the capital.
People rallied at the call of unions against public spending cuts, tax rises, unemployment and pension reform.
According to the union representatives, 250,000 people angry at the governmental policy answered their call in what is already considered the most significant rally in the capital of the United Kingdom since the protests against the war in Iraq, in 2003.
Around 4,500 police, wearing riot helmets, were rallying along with the union’s stewards.
The unions and the opposition are protesting against a plan of the Conservative-led coalition to implement a tough debt reduction program, by eliminating a budget deficit that is now 10 percent of the gross domestic product.
Those who protest think that this action of the coalition is going to bring misery to millions of Britons and an unemployment rate that has not been matched since 1994.
London was shook up last Fall by massive and violent student protests against tripling the student taxes as part of the same austerity program implemented by the government.11