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London’s Million Mask March ends with 11 Arrests

Supporters of Anonymous took to the streets of London on Bonfire Night, joining a number of other global protests organized online under the names Million Mask March and OpVendetta.

Before marching down to Parliament Square, demonstrators with their Guy Fawkes masks met at Trafalgar Square for what was described as a “meet-and-greet” on their Facebook Events page.

From demonstrators demanding change in the UK government through microphones to activists smoking cannabis and singing reggae music, the time spent before the big march was truly a scene out a “Dazed and Confused.”

However most of the attention in Trafalgar Square was given to Russell Brand, who was in the middle of the crowd wearing a mask, speaking with protestors and having his picture taken with them.

“Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party,” said Brand on Twitter, using the #MillionMaskMarch hashtag.

Just after 6.30pm the protestors headed from Trafalgar Square and after temporarily being held outside Downing Street, the march was given a police escort down Whitehall to Parliament Square where the protestors were contained in front of Big Ben.

Police attempted to kettle the marchers in Parliament Square, however they were unsuccessful. There were altercations between masked members and policemen as the protesters split off to lead a march on the Queen’s London home.

Protesters lit fireworks at Buckingham Palace and Parliament, as well as lighting a bonfire on The Mall.

Scotland yard says eleven people were arrested nine for public order offences and two for criminal damage. The demonstrators threw glass bottles during confrontations with officers in riot gear.

The march was part of a global event, which saw protesters congregate in 400 cities in countries around the world including the US, Australia and Indonesia in opposition to austerity cuts, corruption and an increase in state surveillance.

Film was produced by Katherine Iorio and Sofia Bettiza

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