Masked protesters clash with police at Buckingham Palace

As Bonfire Night got underway around the UK, hundreds of masked protesters supporting the hacking group Anonymous marched in central London, clashing with police outside Buckingham Palace and damaging Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

A fire was started close to the gates of the palace and fireworks and bottles were thrown. In total 11 arrests were made, according to Scotland Yard. Nine for public order offences and two for criminal damage.

Nelson’s Column and the Victoria Memorial near the gates of the palace were damaged during the protests.

On Twitter, Caroline Lucas, the former Green Party leader and MP for Brighton, said she had joined the protest earlier in the day, and comedian Russell Brand was photographed wearing the iconic Guy Fawkes mask with protesters near Downing Street.

Similar protests were also staged in Japan, Australia and New Zealand against public spending cuts, corruption and heightened levels of state surveillance.

Sean Roesner, 21, a self-employed computer programmer, travelled to the protest with his brother and friend from King’s Lynn, Norfolk. He said: “We turned up and the protest was at Buckingham Palace. When we arrived people were firing fireworks at the palace. It was funny. I didn’t have any but I would have fired some if I had.

“I joined Anonymous because I was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act. I spent eight months on police bail last year and had done nothing wrong. We are here to stand up for what we believe in, to make the world a better place.”


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  • Anonymous

    That's me on the right so i wanted to come back with the reasons why i protested.. and as most people there.. PEACEFULLY...

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