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April Fools' Day 2009 was the day when a few predominantly anti-capitalist demonstrations took place in parts of London. I haven't been cloned yet so couldn't send my better half off to the other protest so dragged my old carcass to the one taking place appropriately in the city's Square Mile financial district. The afternoon began well and I got some good shots of the people attending which obviously would include protestors, journalists, photographers, the curious, Police and riot police and also some tourists. At some point in the late afternoon and unbeknownst to us, orders from above (not God but I may be wrong) were given for the riot police to take their plan of action. The plan was to mimic a sheep herder giving instruction to his dog to direct the sheep into a pen. We were gradually herded using a pincer movement attack into our pen near Bank Underground station. The tactic is not called herding but Kettling. We were temporarily imprisoned outdoors without food, water or toilet facilities... and no tv for hour upon hour, the sun bidding farewell, the dark and a chill replacing it. Eventually we were allowed to be set free and led out single file after having our biometric measurements and faces committed to a massive data bank for ever more. Amen

It's a riot. London protest in the Square Mile April Fools Day 2009

This image is one of thirty three London photos selected for the month of JUNE 2015

 photo by michael crossley (Peckham - Paris - New York)