G20 protesters are Red the riot act
Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the City of London ahead of the G20 summit of world leaders. Some scuffles broke out as they called for changes in the economic system. Some protesters got on to the roof of the Bank of England, while windows were broken at a nearby branch of RBS.
Police have refused to confirm reports that former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin was among the protesters and had been seen throwing a missile, believed to be a bottle of tonic wine, through a window of the bank. However sources at the scene say that Sir Fred, although initially receiving a hostile reception from the demonstrators, was eventually warmly welcomed by them when he said that he had realised the evils of capitalism and, in particular, the banking system.
The crowd chanted “Sir Fred the Red” as the former chief executive led a charge on mounted police officers and tried to break through the front doors of the Bank of England. One protestor, who would only be named as T. Sheridan from Glasgow, said that Sir Fred was demanding an end to capitalist tyranny and wanted economic justice for all, particularly pensioners.