Wednesday, April 01, 2009

G20 protest reports (updated)

Whilst things sound tediously status quo within the cloistered halls of the G20 summit there's been some splendid goings on among the protesters. I thought I'd try to give a quick summary (feel free to chip in with more).

My favourite way of following the action has been via this twitter feed where participants give up to the minute text reports. It's had a really exciting feel to it.

As you might expect Indymedia is following events closely with its team of embedded street journalists (which is where I stole this pic from). You might want to check out the newly revamped London Indymedia too.

Currently (midnight) the police say they have arrested 63 people and that RBS has been invaded (BBC video). Capitalism is a con claims man on Radio Four.

BREAKING NEWS: Man dies at protest... more info when I have it.


  • Big Green Factory on police provocation
  • Sunny blames the cops for the violence.
  • Owen says the ruckus was sponsored by Job Centre Plus.
  • Vanessa Baird asks, were the protesters asking for it?
  • Vicky asks whether the police are murderers.
  • Ben Six tells the story in pictures.
  • Anna Racoon focuses on the reporting but is unsympathetic to the protesters.
  • Richard says make kettles illegal. Police kettles, obviously.
  • James takes a look at kettling.
  • Martin has some critical thoughts.
  • Ecomonkey talks of the police imprisoning protesters.
  • Leila is pissed off at the media.
  • Journeyman says there was no riot.
  • Noel Lynch is carrying a report on police tactics today.
  • Lenin reports on police behaviour. Peope were "pounded with clubs and left covered in their own blood."
  • Student Medic also reports on the violence
  • One Telegraph blogger brings us the bizarre snap of one man smashing a window whilst surrounded by cameramen (including the one behind this camera I guess).
  • Dave Osler on red scares around the G20.
  • James at Two Doctors thinks the protesters are more important than the summit.
  • Kemptown Ben is proud to have attended.
  • Molly reacts to not being there.
  • One banker is blogging at G20 London Riots - good pics, do visit!
  • Harpy Marx pics and report.
  • Jo Abbess on police provocation.
  • Tres Lola gives a full report on her day.
  • Richard calls it a police riot.
Other sites;

My favourite reports so far have been about the bankers taunting demonstrators by waving ten pound notes. Tenners?!? Feeling the crunch boys? Poor things...

Best quote so far on Radio Four report. Journo asks protester why he's there. Man
seems surprised. "I don't believe in anything, I'm here for the violence." That's it - don't let THE MAN know your secret plans!

Pick of the tweets: Grimdotdotdot Protesters "let us on! It's a free country!" Riverboat captain "and I'm choosing not to let you on my boat. Now bugger off!"

Best photo of the day can be found here or possibly here. Weirdest is here.


G20 London Riots said...

I was there!

I am an investment banker and I work for a tier one investment bank in the heart of London's financial square mile.

I managed to catch a lunch break today and went straight down to the Bank of England to see what the best the plebs could do was!

As a banker I cant help but take it a little personally - after all, in your eyes, I am the reason all this started. This is actually hugely unfair.

If the truth be told, the government and regulators give me so much freedom in my daily trading. And ofcourse, my bonus is directly related to how much profit I make my bank. So ofcourse Im going to take risky bets.

The sad fact of the matter is that I could lose my job by posting here, so I have to remain anonymous.

Ive started a blog to give people a look at what life is like on the other side of the picket fence:

Let me know what you think! This day will definitely be remembered for a while.

Jim Jay said...

I agree - and this time I can prove it!

I wrote this on Feb 15th this year :)

Good photos on your blog - I'll pop it into the round-up.

G20 London Riots said...


Looking at the comments left, I seem to have created quite a stir...

Lets see what I can say

Matt Hodgkinson said...

Great summary, Jim.

G20 London Riots says: "my bonus is directly related to how much profit I make my bank. So ofcourse Im going to take risky bets".

Immoral behaviour isn't excused by others not stopping you. You chose your career, you knew (or should've known) the consequences of stock and currency speculation, etc. Just because someone can do things to their own personal advantage doesn't mean they should. You may have worked hard and got a good education (aside from your ability to spell), but so have others who chose not to go into the financial sector.

You should take it personally - people are blaming you personally.

G20 London Riots said...

Well Im NOT taking it personally - because it is their ignorance the way they are feeling.

Again, I explain this on one of the posts on my blog, but the only way out of this mess is for bankers to trade our way out (as long as the demand side bets outweigh the counter).

At the end of the day the decisions that I take (and the rest of the industry) is what determines the value of the businesses that you are working for, or that you own.

If you don't understand this then read that post on my blog.

Jim Jay said...

The key problem with blaming bankers as immoral is it isn't very helpful when it comes to designing a solution. Morality tests for bankers? It's an intriguing proposal but only if I get to design the paper!

My three point plan is this:

- an overhaul of financial regulation, not just here but internationally

- curbs on speculation, particularly currency speculation (people used to talk about the Tobin Tax but that seems to have gone out of fashion)

- democratic control of key institutions. First step - nationalisation.

If we keep blaming particular individuals it actually distracts us from the political change we need to be fighting for. Telling someone you hate them might be satisfying on one level, but I'd like to think we were in the business of making the world a better place not just making ourselves feel better.

I should say I'm not singling you out Matt! Everyone is doing this and it's got me worried that we'll come out the other end of the crisis without having changed the system at all.

Matt Hodgkinson said...

Ah Jim, don't misunderstand me. Blaming individuals - like the witchhunt on Fred Goodwin, or the spectacle that is Bernie Madoff - is a sideshow.

I agree with you. The financial system as a whole has lead into this mess - and a key point is that even aside from recession the world financial system is unjust. I'm worried by the announcement of more money in the IMF as a solution - will they still be imposing the same old loan conditions to enforce privatisation?

But individuals involved in financial trading can't just ignore the fact that their own behaviour contributes. "G20 London Riots" admits that he knowingly took risks to get a bigger bonus; if not immoral, that's certainly irresponsible.