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02/05/03
Police: We'll Stop May Day Violence
- Met worried about trouble as Mayor emphasises 'celebratory' aspect of today's march

POLICE are talking tough ahead of this year's May Day marches which will take place at a variety of venues across central London.

"We will move quickly to stop any trouble," said Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Andy Trotter. "Many people have made their point this year with huge marches and caused no trouble. What we object to is those people who don't co-operate and who set out to damage buildings and attack police officers."

Recent May Days have seen the emergence of anarchist grouplets, some of which appear to have an agenda that involves physically attacking various symbols of global capitalism such as McDonald's.

However, the vast majority of marchers, going back decades, have always seen the May Day march as a celebration of more reputable socialist politics, a point emphasised by London Mayor Ken Livingstone who said: "May Day is a day of celebration and should not be hijacked by a violent minority."

Last year the police were criticised for failing to distinguish between peaceful and violent protestors when they penned thousands of marchers into Oxford Street for at least six hours, refusing to let anyone leave until the evening.




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