Anti-austerity protest passes off peacefully with just five arrests


Fears of a ‘riot plot’ proved unfounded as up to 150,000 protesters marched through central London, with other demos in Glasgow, Bristol and Liverpool

Britain’s largest anti-austerity demonstration in four years passed off with only five arrests made. Between 70,000 and 150,000 people marched through central London to protest against government plans for deep budget cuts before a rally in Parliament Square.

The Metropolitan police worked with organisers to run a low-key policing operation, with few officers visible along the route. “There were five arrests throughout the operation – none of them for anything major,” a Met spokesman said. Those arrested were taken in on suspicion of criminal damage, possession of articles to commit criminal damage, assault on police, theft and recall to prison, the spokesman added.

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