- Methods infringed civil liberties, say critics
- Only hardcore agitators were targeted, Met insists
Police stop G20 protesters
* Sandra Laville and Duncan Campbell
* The Guardian, Friday 3 April 2009
Police react to G20 protesters as they block access to a branch of RBS in London. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Police tactics of containing thousands of people for several hours at the Bank of England protests and using batons against climate camp protesters were condemned yesterday as an infringement of the right to demonstrate.
In the aftermath of the G20 protests in the City of London, politicians, demonstrators and a former police officer raised concerns about the methods used by the Metropolitan police to control crowds of more than 5,000.