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29/04/02
Mayday Protests Hit London
- 20,000 anti-capitalist demonstrators expected

MAYDAY protesters will bring parts of central London to a standstill today as a variety of causes are aired under the anti-capitalist umbrella.

First up were two cyclists' protests starting from Camden and Camberwell early this morning, though the numbers involved - in the low hundreds - were a serious disappointment to campaign organisers. Cyclists deliberately ride extremely slowly on these mass-rides in a bid to cause traffic snarl ups and draw attention to the lack of facilities for two-wheeled vehicles.

Police fear trouble in Mayfair this afternoon as intelligence suggests protesters have targeted the exclusive neighbourhood for attack. Anarchist groups that favour smashing up shops as a campaign tactic have drawn the lessons from last year's 'defeat' when armed police hemmed in protesters on Oxford Street all day long, and are thought to have devised plans to foil the boys in blue by switching to less easily closed-off areas.

The overwhelming bulk of the expected 20,000 protesters will, as usual, be peaceful and colourful. They represent a wide range of leftist opinion and hope to capitalise on the anti-Le Pen protests taking place in Paris today.




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