32 arrested during G8 protests

32 people have been arrested during during the anti-capitalist protests taking place in central London ahead of next week's G8 summit.

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Thirty-two London protest arrests for various offences

Protesters clash with police in Golden Square, London. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Thirty-two people have been arrested for various offences during the G8 protests in London, including violent disorder, possession of pointed/bladed articles and a variety of public order offences, the Met Police said.

There were nearly 1,200 officers on duty during the demonstrations in the capital today, the force added.


G8 protests in central London

The G8 summit is in Northern Ireland this year.

It's not til next week.

But today the G8 protesters came to London to demonstrate against capitalism.

The Met met came too, with riot vans and a strong police prescence in parts of Central London.

Here's our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips.

Photos: Inside the 'Soho squat' raided by police

The occupiers were living in very basic conditions

Pictures showing the inside of the building in Soho which was occupied by anti-capitalist protesters earlier today reveal very basic living conditions.

Tents painted with campaign slogans surrounded by litter and clothes can be seen.

The floors are covered with clothes and litter

The building is now empty, police obtained a search warrant after receiving reports of individuals at the address were in possession of weapons and were intent on causing criminal damage and engaging in violent disorder.

Tea making facilities in the building
The tent one of the occupiers of the building in Soho would have slept in marked


Police clash with protesters amidst anti-G8 demonstration

Police and protesters clashed in central London this afternoon amid anti-capitalist demonstrations.

Many demonstrators had their faces covered with scarves or masks, however police powers to stop and search in anticipation of violence and to require the removal of disguises were authorised this morning and remain in force.

News footage shows police tackling a protester to the ground in central London.

Six arrests have been made for alleged offences including possession of articles with intent to commit criminal damage, assault on police, criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon and failing to remove a face covering.

Six arrests made at London anti-capitalist protests

Police say they have made six arrests during the anti-capitalist protests taking place in central London.

Alleged offenses included one for assault on police, one for possession of a weapon and one for failing to remove a mask.

Police say they have arrested six people during the protests Credit: Jamie Kelsey-Fry

At 10.00 am the Met say officers executed a search warrant at a building in Beak Street after receiving reports that 'individuals were in possession of weapons and were intent on causing criminal damage and engaging in violent disorder'.

Police are removing protesters occupying the building in Soho
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