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article imageNew Tamil Protests Hit London, Questions Remain About G20 Death

By Lisa Devaney     Apr 7, 2009 in Politics
London protests continue, with Tamil demonstration today, and questions remain about death of man in G20 protests last week, as "summer of rage" nears.
Helicopters have now stopped circling overhead in London, as the world leader’s have left town, following the G20 summit, but the impact is still being felt, as protesters continued to gather, with several marches having been staged over the last week to pay memorial tribute to Ian Tomlinson, 47, who died of a heart attack during last week’s protests, under what some eyewitnesses are saying, and according to The Guardian, may have been prompted by police treatment.
Protesters involved with Climate Camp at Bishopsgate, which was cleared out by police in riot gear using dogs and wielding batons, are calling for an investigation and preparing statements to press charges about treatment. They have asked eyewitnesses to the melee to come forward to make formal reports, saying on Twitter:
“The legal team at Climate Camp are putting together all the incidents of police abuse at the G20 protests email them as soon as possible…tell them what happened before you forget; send your story to
G20Meltdown protest organizers will be taking to the streets again at 11:30 AM this Saturday, at the Bethnal Green Police Station for a solemn procession to the Bank of England, where a wreath will be laid to mark Tomlinson’s death.
Today The Guardian reported that approximately 3,000 Tamil protesters shut down Westminster Bridge in effort to bring attention to killing in Sri Lanka. Reports say authorities tried to take the protester's flags, and two protesters jumped over the bridge.
Prior to these recent protests, police warned that G20 would kick off what could be a “summer of rage” for the UK, according to The Guardian.
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