Anti-Capitalist protests in London are becoming increasingly intense as next week’s G8 summit draws closer. Currently, 57 people have been arrested and the riot police have raided the Carnival against Capitalism’s HQ. Some of the most iconic capitalist entities have been targeted in the protests, including a variety of banks, hedge funds and energy companies in a bid to put an end to the exploitative and crisis-prone nature of capitalism. Despite efforts to control the protests, the anti-capitalist carnival is set to continue throughout the duration of the G8 summit – an annual forum for the world’s eight most powerful leaders. It’s not hard to understand why these protests are happening when issues like austerity, poverty and climate change are beginning to take their toll internationally as the world continues to suffer from the economic downturn. Undoubtedly this downturn was caused by exactly the type of people that the Anti-Capitalist protests are targeting, banks and high-risk investors.
“We want to see a change. We want to see an improvement to stop this brutality from happening. I think the police have acted quite aggressively today. The kettling tactics have been quite aggressive and batons have been used.” – Protester Ben Nevis on police response to protests
Scotland Yard are most concerned about possible attacks on banks and private companies who the protesters are targeting. While the Metropolitan Police have announced their commitment to allowing these protests to continue outside of the law, the way they have been responding to the protests could be argued as being too violent – with many of the non-violent arms of the protests having to relocate. I’ll be posting updates on this post as the situation develops this evening.