Yesterday evening, a protester died during demonstrations against the G20 outside the Bank of England in London. The circumstances are currently unclear, but he died inside a police cordon (or kettle) where police had crushed and baton charged protesters. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. A solidarity demonstration will be held today, assembling at 1pm at the Bank.
Anyone with information they believe may help clarify the circumstances surrounding his death should, as soon as possible, write a full statement and contact the legal team at Bindmans Solicitors on 020 7833 4433 and the Legal Monitoring groups present at the demonstrations. Information can also be sent to Indymedia London: imc-london[at]indymedia[dot]org (this is a private email address).
A man is dead after collapsing while imprisoned within a police cordon. His death will be greeted with sadness by his family and friends, but what will be the effects upon The Economy? On this front, there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that dead bodies must be buried, and so a demand for funeral services has successfully been generated. Further, mourners can be expected to obtain death and funeral notices in the press, purchase flowers, and have to travel to and from the service. Assuming the man was employed, replacement labour will have to be obtained, and so further advertising must take place. Indirect demands upon The Economy may also be occasioned. For example, upon hearing of the news of the man’s death, Summit leaders may experience some indigestion (although this may also be a result of the rather rich menus), and therefore require the use of antacids.*
The bad news is that his death may effect productivity. That is, for some period after news of the man’s death has reached them, family and friends may be less productive at their labour. This is unfortunate, but every cloud has a silver lining, and emotional distress may place additional demands upon the health services. To the extent these are provided by private facilities, so much the better.
*JAMIE OLIVER AND YOUNG CHEFS FROM FIFTEEN LONDON TO SERVE THE “BEST OF BRITISH” FOR G-20 LEADERS
Jamie Oliver has created a special menu for today’s (Wednesday 1st April 2009) Downing Street dinner, attended by the leaders of the G-20 group of nations, which shows [off] the best of British seasonal produce as well as the skills of the young chefs – graduates or apprentices of Fifteen London – who will be helping prepare the meal.
Oliver and his team have gone to great lengths to find the best ingredients available. “I’m very, very proud of my country and its food traditions,” says Oliver, “and I know that the guests at Downing Street will be in for a real treat.”
The starter includes fresh organic farmed salmon from Shetland served with foraged samphire and sea kale and a selection of early vegetables from Secrett’s Farm in Sussex, wild garlic from Elwy Valley in Wales and home-made Irish soda bread freshly baked on the day using Gloucestershire-based Shipton Mill organic flour.
For the main course, Oliver has chosen shoulder of lamb from the Elwy Valley in North Wales, the earliest delicious Jersey Royal potatoes, fresh asparagus from the Wye valley and foraged wild St. George mushrooms. Mint sauce and gravy will be freshly made on the day using British herbs and vegetables.
Dessert is a traditional British favourite, Bakewell Tart which Jamie’s team will make on the day using a mixture of home-made jams and Grasmere ginger shortbread. Fresh custard is being made with free-range eggs from the Duchy of Cornwall farms.
There will also be a selection of fresh breads baked by The Flour Station and home-made butter “made with our own fair hands”, freshly churned at Fifteen London using organic cream from Ivy Farm in Somerset and smoked sea salt from Halen Mon in Wales.
G20: Hardcore of anarchists clad in black behind the violence
Nick Allen, Mick Armstrong and Caroline Gammell
The Daily Telegraph
April 2, 2009
Amid the thousands of protesters who descended on the Bank of England yesterday a hard core of European anarchists, clad head to toe in black and their faces obscured by scarves, were behind the intermittent outbursts of violence.
They were co-ordinated and could be clearly seen communicating by mobile phone, identifying weak points in police lines and surging towards them.
As one avenue was closed off by police they quickly retreated, vanishing into the crowd before regrouping and trying another angle.
Some spoke English but Italian, French, German and Polish voices could also be heard in the melee as they shouted abuse at police.
Others spoke with thick New Zealand accents.
It was clearly not the first time they had taken part in a riot and it was they who broke windows at the Royal Bank of Scotland before crawling inside.
One of their number, wearing a black mask, smashed the glass with a metal bar and another sprayed “Scum” and “Burn” on the side of the bank.
An anarchist behind a black balaclava said he was Polish, while another used broken English as he forced his way through peaceful protesters urging his followers to attack the police. Others carried Italian and French flags.
Some of the European anarchists who flooded into London for the protests are believed to have planned their tactics in a meeting at a squat in Whitechapel, east London.
They are believed to have scouted out the area ahead of the protests before deciding to operate in small groups rather than as one large block that could be surrounded by police.
Security sources believe they included members of notorious groups from across Europe, some of whom had already taken part in a week of anarchist strikes in Italy.
The groups with members in London for the G20 are thought to have included Italy’s Guerrigilieri Anomali (Anomalous Warriors), the French Anarch-Autonomist group and the New Zealand All Black & Reds.
There are also thought to have been protesters associated with Germany’s ANTIFA, an anti-fascist umbrella group whose members clashed with police at the G8 riots, and Attac, a left-wing group with ties to anti-globalisation protesters across Europe.
Groups who attended the meeting at the east London squat also included the home-based Whitechapel Anarchist Group, Class War and the Wombles.
Police believe members of another anarchist group calling itself the Convergence Crew, were also at the protests after they took over a disused east London pub as a headquarters.
Detectives think groups associated with the Poll Tax riots of 1990 may also have reunited for the G20.
However, when some of those involved removed their black masks for a breath of fresh air, it was clear that they were still in their teens. As police in riot gear, backed up by horses, charged once again one young anarchist shouted to another: “Has there ever been anything like this in London before?” The older hand replied: “Not for years.”
See also : April Fools (April 1, 2009) | News From Nowhere // News From Neverland (March 31, 2009) | March 25: The day the world changed (March 27, 2009) | G20 : Inner City Pressure + Global Economic Crisis = Anarchy in London (March 25, 2009) | G20 : London’s Burning! (March 18, 2009) | 40 New Zealand anarchists still at large; London and Berlin tremble (March 1, 2009) | Davos 2009 : Capitalism in Crisis (February 1, 2009) | Meanwhile, in Europe, ¡anarcholocos! (December 12, 2008)