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Photos by Karoline Hjorth

Financial fool’s day and G20 protest against everything

by Karoline Hjorth

Advertised as the day to reclaim the City and to thrust into the “very belly of the beast”; the Bank of England, April fool's day was a fitting date for the London G20 meltdown.

Skinflint took the bait and joined the masses for a day out with the twittering crowd.

While police made 63 arrests and identified 300-500 'real troublemakers' out of the 5000 protesters, press photographers, Skycopters, twitter-correspondents, riot police and live news feeders had pumped up the global media circus for a grand display of public dissent.

But what had been advertised as a protest against capitalism, climate chaos and the coming ‘apocalypse’ turned out to be mostly peaceful people practicing their festival vibes and the right to speak out against all nastiness.

The new generation of protesters knows how to pose a protest. Anti-capitalism is the new facebook status and has become a brand with as much political awareness as Dunkin’ Donuts.

Anti- capitalist iPhone rage

One anti-establishment graffiti on the Bank of England managed to sum it all up: “Stop the bullshit.“

Anti- bankers hanged banker dolls on traffic lights in front of a chorus of clicking cameras on the hunt for iconic images.

Anti- capitalists and anti- carbon traders twittered their rage out to their passive-aggressive blog followers on their iPhones.

Modern dancers, charity workers, pacifists, new-agers, Maoists, hip-hoppers, climate-campers and trannies against greed danced their sorrows away behind the four horsemen of the apocalypse; climate chaos, war, financial crimes and land enclosures.

Skinflint bumped into two girls carrying one of the rainbow-looking apocalyptic fabric horses.

Were they angry? "No why should we? It’s all about love isn’t it?"

Police party poopers

The police were not as flower-luvin.

In fact they were so wary of these Glastonbury revellers that they got out their own horses of apocalypse and kettled up both the riot sheep and the press sheep.

Sadly the G20 media chorus was so obsessed with sensationalist photos of feisty and claustrophobic anarchists that they missed perhaps the most important shot of the day, the police attack and the following death of Ian Tomlinson.

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