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G20 London Protests
Posted By: Trojan_Llama, 04-06-2009, 04:12 PM

1st April 2009 at the Bank of England. Police 'kettled' protesters for eight hours - I escaped after less than 3 hours. In that time, I saw no violence - the kettle boiled later. I used a Pentax K110D with two MF lenses - a SMC-Pentax 50 mmm F1:1.7 and a 28mm f1:2.8:

















I could go on...

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04-06-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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Really good journalistic style photography. I saw you mention that you were going and I've been waiting for you to post. Great stuff, I'd love to see them with a commentary.
Is that you in the second shot with someone else using your camera?
04-06-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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Noooo its not me....

I marched from Moorgate to the Bank of England in the G20 Meltdown protest - the protest that attracted the most media interest, as several anarchist groups were involved. No photos of me - maybe the Police caught one when I ran through their cordons?

Our protest was 'kettled' - that is to say, the Police penned us into an area by the Bank of England and would not let anybody leave or join. That included innocent bystanders, mothers with children, or the elderly. There were no toilets, water or food. The protest became an open sewage. After a few hours, violence (by a few) erupted on one cordon, and a bank was broke into. I escaped about that time - I had my running shoes on! Later, the police started baton charges onto the detained protesters. One man died. My photos capture the peaceful interlude between being 'kettled' by the police, and the later violence.

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04-06-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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Great stuff, thanks for being there.

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I just went through your Flickr, I found the pictures had much more impact with your commentary, thanks again.

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You're welcome Mate :-)
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I am speechless. Fabulous work. That violinist and row of police officers and the young woman with bag turning are fine work. You have a good eye and and an instinct for knowing when an image works best in colour or BW.

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Wow, thanks JMR
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Nice lot of pics there, reminds me of when I attended a similar demonstration for a WTO meeting here in Melbourne. I was a First Aid volunteer for the protest organisers and kept pretty busy on that front. Can't say any of my pics are any where near as impressive as your efforts. Well done.

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Great series! I like the gradient white border effect on the image.
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Amazed and amazing work.You have a knack to captured the unexpected, well done for a great series


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Great shots. But isn't it illegal to take photos of police in the uk now?
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Excellent work!

God those Cops look mean! I'm sure they're just doing their job, but COME ON, the penning people in thing? Don't they realize that's what CAUSES violence to break out?!
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Great photojournalism, you have really succeeded to convey the mood and ambience - the silence before the storm!
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That violin player is striking pose. As if world was ending and people were running amok on the streets. Whole series is excellent.
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great shots, really well done...
I wanted to go myself (taking pics) but never gathered enough courage...

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