June 11 - Riot police scuffle with scores of anti-capitalist demonstrators in central London ahead of a G8 summit next week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Police scuffled with scores of anti-G8 demonstrators in central London on Tuesday (June 11) before a summit of world leaders in Britain next week. Isolated scuffles broke out when police moved in to arrest individuals as a main group of around 30 to 50 activists, mostly dressed in black, banged on drums and blew whistles as they ran through the capital. The demonstrators were staging a "Carnival Against Capitalism" across London to start a week of action before Britain hosts the meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations at a golf resort in Northern Ireland. More than 100 officers in riot uniforms formed a cordon, trapping the gathering protesters in a tight area around Beak Street as police helicopters hovered above and reinforcements waited in vans. Activists, some with their faces covered, waved black, green and red flags as they marched through Oxford Street. They carried banners saying "No borders, no prisons, no capitalism" and "One Common Struggle". There were skirmishes around Oxford Street, with police dragging at least one protester to the ground. Last month, StopG8 issued a map of 100 potential targets for people to "show their anger", identifying offices of financial organisations such as banks, hedge funds, defence manufacturer BAE Systems and mining and energy companies including ArcelorMittal. The list includes hedge funds Man Group and Paulson, private equity firm Blackstone, banks such as Citi and Barclays and embassies including those of Saudi Arabia and the United States. The group, which describes itself as an openly anti-capitalist network "made up of autonomous groups and individuals", had refused to cooperate with police, meaning it was not clear how many people would attend during the course of the day, or where they would focus their attentions. Recent demonstrations against the British government's austerity measures have been marred by rioting anarchists, while many Britons angered by bank bailouts and bonuses during tough economic times blame the financial sector. In 2009, police made more than 100 arrests after protests by tens of thousands of people to coincide with a G20 economic summit in London turned violent.