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Cops welcome G8 conference by raiding protesters

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Issue 2357
Police after raid on building used by G8 protesters in London
Police after raid on building used by G8 protesters in London (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Hundreds of riot police descended into Soho, London, on Tuesday morning. They raided a building being used by anti-capitalists ahead of a protest against the G8 summit.

Police helicopters hovered overhead and roads were blocked as cops surrounded the building, a former police station.

Hundreds of anti-capitalists had occupied it on Thursday night of last week to be used as a meeting point for activists during a planned week of protests. 

The G8 group of rich countries is meeting in Northern Ireland on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Anti-capitalist activists were preparing to take part in a Carnival against Capitalism when police swooped.

Cops issued Section 60 orders for Westminster and the City of London, which allows them to stop and search anyone they deem a threat to the peace.

The StopG8 group has sent out a list of targets for anti-capitalists to demonstrate at during the anti-G8 rallies.

These included Fortnum and Masons, where tax avoidance protesters were arrested during a peaceful sit-in two years ago.

Ian Tomlinson died after being pushed to the ground by a police officer during protests against the similar G20 group in 2009.

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