Thousands of Travellers, Romas and demonstrators will be taking part in Roma Nation Day this afternoon. From midday they'll be a large family-friendly picnic with music and entertainment at Kensington Gardens.
The main protest march will start from Hyde Park Corner and pass through several embassies in Central London. It's believed that similar events will be held simultaneously in cities across Europe and beyond. Supporters from Dale Farm will also be showing their solidarity at this event.
Wandsworth Council has sent these photos of the mess left by squatters at the Battersea Park Adventure Playground.
The protest group was occupying the playground to try to stop workmen moving in to knock it down, which they began to do today.
In a statement, the council said
"The squatters have vandalised furniture and ransacked the single storey play building within the playground site. A sofa has been spray painted with obscene anti-police messages, while filing cabinets have been emptied and furniture and other fixtures left damaged
Mess and dirt has been spread over floors. The clean-up operation is an extra burden for local taxpayers who have already been landed with a £30,000 bill as a result of the squatters’ unlawful occupation of the playground."
Workmen have begun dismantling Battersea Park Adventure Playground. The site was closed by Wandsworth council last October despite local opposition. The council now plans to install £200,000 worth of new play equipment which will not require staff supervision.
Wandsworth Council has welcomed the eviction of the protesters who were occupying Battersea Park playground. They say they can now begin the £200,000 redevelopment of the site but the protest has cost Wandsworth taxpayers £30,000.
Wandsworth Council has evicted a group of protesters who had occupied a playground in Battersea Park. They had taken over the site after the council planned to redevelop it as an unsupervised facility.
However, Wandsworth Council say they could no longer afford to keep supervisors at the playground and add that the new replacement facility would be enjoyed by children.
Protesters are continuing to camp inside a playground in Battersea in a bid to save it from destruction.
They have been there since last Saturday, after it was rumoured the bulldozers would be moving in.
Glen Goodman reports:
Battersea Park Adventure Playground is due to be demolished later today.
Local campaigners, Wandsworth Against Cuts, and Occupy London supporters say they need to stop the closure from going ahead and are staging an ongoing sit-in at the site.
Protesters have moved in on Battersea Park Adventure Playground today, in a bid to stop a planned demolition.
They say they're not going anywhere as tomorrow's deadline gets closer. Piers Hopkirk has the story.