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London's taxi drivers to protest near Shard

The opening of a new hotel at the Shard today is to be marked by a protest by taxi drivers.

The cab section of the Unite union claim Transport for London is refusing to put a taxi rank near to the building's entrance on St Thomas Street.

The union claims Boris Johnson is not giving taxi services enough consideration as part of the capital's transport network.

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London march for Anti-Racism Day

People will march through the streets of London today to mark the United Nations International Anti-Racism Day. The march will begin at 11am at the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament square and move towards Trafalgar Square.

A number of politicians and cultural groups will take part to highlight the contributions made by migrants. Jerry Dammers, the writer of the song 'Free Nelson Mandela' will also attend the event.

Protest to mark the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Anti-nuclear campaigners have marched through the streets of London on the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. Up to 100 protesters marched past the Japanese Embassy and the office of the Tokyo Electric Company, which owns the Fukushima plant.

They want to send a message about the dangers of nuclear power and remember the victims of the disaster.

Ministry of Justice responds to protest

The Ministry of Justice has responded to the protest by UK Uncut this afternoon, saying cuts are necessary as legal aid is simply 'costing too much'.

"We have one of the best legal professions in the world, but cannot close our eyes to the fact that - at around £2 billion - legal aid is costing too much.

The Government's legal aid reforms will create a sustainable legal aid system that will still be one of the most generous in the world. We want to ensure the limited public funds available are targeted at those cases and people who need it most.

At a time when major financial challenges are being felt by businesses and households across the country, the legal sector cannot be immune from the Government's commitment to getting better value for every penny of taxpayers' money we spend."

– Ministry of Justice

The Strand blocked by UK Uncut protest

A demonstration organised by anti-cuts group UK Uncut has formed a human road block on The Strand outside the Royal Courts of Justice. The protest is to oppose government cuts to Legal Aid funding.

Demonstrators in wheelchairs block the Strand as a bus is held up behind Credit: Twitter: @fuelpov action
Protestors dressed as barristers hold up a life sized cutout of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling "in the dock" Credit: Twitter: @ewajasiewicz
Demonstrators in fancy dress as Lady Justice block the road Credit: Twitter: @melllevans

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Woman in court over shard protest

A man watches as the all-woman team scale the building Credit: ITV News

A Greenpeace activist is in court today over her part in a protest climbing up the side of the shard.

Alison Garrigan will appear at Camberwell Magistrates Court today charged with aggravated trespass.

Five other women who were involved have already accepted police cautions.

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Protest group hails 'amazing day' of benefit cuts demos

The UK Uncut protest group said today's protests against the 'bedroom tax' and other benefit cuts had been successfully completed:

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