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Police arrest 111 after G20 violence

03 April, 2009

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LONDON: Police have arrested 111 people and detained scores more following violent clashes timed to coincide with the G20 economic summit in London, Scotland Yard said on Thursday. Around 85 people were arrested on Wednesday evening after repeatedly clashing with police in the narrow streets of the city on what protesters designated “Financial Fools Day”.

Police were also examining how a man died in the clashes. By mid-afternoon on Thursday, after two police raids on squats and two smaller demonstrations in the morning around the stock exchange and the Bank of England, the total number of arrests was 111, police said. More protests had been staged near the summit itself on Thursday where around 400 people gathered to demonstrate against poverty, war and a financial system they said had failed ordinary people.

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