Thousands of masked Guy Fawkes protesters gathered at Trafalgar Square on Bonfire night to march on the Houses of Parliament in the annual Million Mask March, organised by the hacktivist group Anonymous. People from all around the UK protested against the government’s austerity cuts and increased state surveillance.
Words and photos: Mariya Savova, Subeditor: Isabella Ellis
Over fears that the annual Million Mask March will turn violent, Scotland Yard deployed thousands of extra police officers. The Met’s fears were justified. What started off as a peaceful demonstration, soon turned into chaos as protesters clashed with police. Marchers were injured, a patrol car was torched and its windscreen was smashed, six police horses were hurt and three officers were sent in hospital as a result of the demonstration. By the end of the night, 50 people were arrested.
Ahead of the demonstration, a warning from the police was projected on the wall of the National Gallery, urging people to observe public order. Around 6.30pm the crowd marched to Parliament Square where protesters threw missiles and set off fireworks and flares. Later, some went to Buckingham Palace and others returned to Trafalgar Square. Officers used kettle operations at several locations across central London to contain demonstrators.
See below our selection of photos from the Million Mask March: