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April 3, 2009

Protests at the G20 summit

Thousands of protesters gathered in London, England on April 1st and 2nd to demonstrate against an array of issues, largely anti-capitalist or pro-environmental in nature. A large underlying theme was anger with the effects of the economic downturn and a call for accountability and responsibility. While the majority of protesters were peaceful, a number of them took to smashing windows and throwing debris at police lines. London police responded with baton charges and arrests. Similar protests are now taking place in Strasbourg, France, which hosts a NATO summit today. (36 photos total)

Police patrol barriers around demonstrators near the ExCel Centre in central London, on April 2, 2009. World leaders gathered are looking to raise an extra 1 trillion dollars (745 billion euros) for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, a Brazilian official said Thursday. (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

A British police search team carry out checks in an anunoccupied building near the ExCeL centre, during security checks ahead of the G20 summit in London, on March 31, 2009. London is bracing for angry protests before and during Thursday's G20 summit, which will see fortress-like security for world leaders including US President Barack Obama. (MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images) #

A tailors shop is boarded up near the Bank of England in central London, on March 30, 2009, as London braces for protests before and during Thursday's G20 summit. Police arrested five people under anti-terror legislation in southwest England, but they insisted Monday there was no immediate link to the Group of 20 summit this week in London. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Demonstrators against the G20 summit prepare outfits they describe as "Horsemen of the Financial Apocalypse" in London, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, ahead of Wednesday's demonstration. Police have said they face an "unprecedented" security challenge from the presence of a score of world leaders alongside thousands of anti-capitalist, environmental and other demonstrators protesting the impact of the economic meltdown. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori) #

The sun sets on London's financial district on March 28, 2009. London is bracing for angry protests before and during Thursday's G20 summit, which will see fortress-like security for world leaders including US President Barack Obama. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #

CCTV screens showing prominent areas in London are seen at a police control room in London, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) #

A protester with a painted face joins a demonstration at the Bank of England in the City of London, U.K., on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Thousands of protesters converged on the Bank of England in demonstrations aimed at bankers and the world leaders participating in the Group of 20 summit meetings. (David Hartley/Bloomberg News) #

A mass group of anti capitalist and climate change activists converge on the Bank of England as they demonstrate in the City on April 1, 2009 in London. Protesters marched through London demanding action on poverty, climate change and jobs, as world leaders arrive in London ahead of the G20 summit. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

A police woman shouts at protesters during a clash in Threadneedle Street in London's financial district, as global leaders attend the G20 Summit on April 2, 2009 in London, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Masked demonstrators gather outside the Bank of England in London, on April 1, 2009. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #

A demonstrator throws a computer screen at the windows of a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland, near the Bank of England in London April 1, 2009. Thousands of demonstrators converged on London's financial district on Wednesday, chanting "abolish money" and "storm the banks" in a heavily policed protest to coincide with the G20 summit of world leaders. (REUTERS/Andrew Winning) #

Demonstrators climb out of the broken windows of a Royal Bank of Scotland branch, near the Bank of England in London April 1, 2009. (REUTERS/Andrew Winning) #

A protestor throws flour on a police van in London on April 1, 2009. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protestors photograph riot police outside a Lloyds Bank in London, on April 1, 2009. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A climate change protester drinks a can of beer while wearing a horse head mask during a demonstration in London on April 1, 2009. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A mannequin dressed as a city worker is tied to a traffic light and set alight by protestors during an anti G20 demonstration near the Bank of England in London on April 1, 2009. Violent clashes kicked off in London's financial district late Wednesday after protesters demonstrating against the G20 summit here were penned in by riot police for several hours. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) #

Demonstrators charge through a street in London during protests to coincide with Thursday's G20 summit meeting April 1, 2009. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #

Police charge into a crowd of anti capitalist and climate change activists as they demonstrate in front of the Climate Exchange building in the City of London on April 1, 2009 in London, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

A policeman in riot clothing, restrains a bloodied protestor near the Bank of England, in London, on April 1, 2009. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Riot police clash with demonstrators in the City of London, Wednesday, April 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori) #

People carry an injured demonstrator during a protest near the Bank of England in London April 1, 2009. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #

Demonstrators protest near the Bank of England in London April 1, 2009. Demonstrators clashed with riot police and smashed bank windows in Britain's financial centre on Wednesday ahead of a G20 meeting in protest against a system they said had robbed the poor to benefit the rich. (REUTERS/Kieran Doherty) #

A protester is held down by police as anti capitalist and climate change activists demonstrate in the City of London on April 1, 2009 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

Police confront protestors outside the Bank of England in the City of London, Wednesday April 1, 2009, as thousands of demonstrators converged on the centre of the city to protest against the G20 summit. (AP Photo/Chris Ison-pa) #

A protester throws a metal barricade at a police line as activists demonstrate in the City of London on April 1, 2009 in London, England. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

A police officer leads a detained protester to a police van in central London's financial district, Wednesday April 1, 2009 following scuffles ahead of the G20 summit. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson) #

A protester sits injured after a confrontation with the police near to the Bank of England as activists demonstrated in the City of London on April 1, 2009 in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A demonstrator scuffles with police during protests outside the Bank of England in London April 1, 2009. Riot police staged baton charges to try to disperse several hundred protesters gathered around the Bank of England in the heart of London's financial centre on Wednesday after a day of protest around the G20 summit. (REUTERS/Andrew Winning) #

Police react to protesters near the Bank of England in the City of London on April 1, 2009. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A bloodied protester shouts at police near the Bank of England in the City of London on April 1, 2009. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A protester is bitten by a police dog on April 1, 2009 in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

An injured policeman is helped by colleagues during clashes with protestors near the Bank of England, in London, on April 1, 2009. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A demonstrator speaks with police during a protest in the City of London on April 1, 2009. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

47-year-old Ian Tomlinson lies on the sidewalk after collapsing near police during a protest in the City of London on April 1, 2009. Tomlinson later died, of an apparent heart attack. It is unclear whether the man, who worked downtown, was taking part in the protest, or was merely passing through. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

Riot police patrol the streets as fires burn near the Bank of England in central London, on April 1, 2009. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protester faces a line of police in Threadneedle Street in London's financial district on April 2, 2009 in London, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

 
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