The turnout for the latest anti-austerity march was impressive. As usual, estimates of the numbers vary, organsiers have said 250,000 and most news sources have avoided giving an estimate but few have contested this figure. According to the Financial Times and other news sources, the police have declined to give an estimate – although police estimates of numbers on protests are notoriously inaccurate, usually quoting numbers way below the actual attendance. This always seems strange as a correct number would look better when they have to justify the resources that they have provided.
The march was mostly peaceful with a number of mobile sound systems, musicians and choirs giving the day a party atmosphere at times. In Whitehall several hundred people enjoyed an impromptu rave in the final couple of hours of the protest with people taking to the window ledges of a nearby building for a bit of podium dancing.
One protester took things a bit far in The Strand, defecating on the pavement outside the Savoy Hotel to the cheers of passing marchers. Fortunately, the embarrassed owner cleared up the offending pile.
A fire was started using placards in Parliament Square. After failed attempts by a steward to stop more placards being added, the police attempted to put it out with extinguishers. Their first efforts failed dismally, a return visit with more extinguishers, along with attempts to stamp out the flames, had a little more success but still failed to kill the fire. Finally, the fire brigade were brought in to finish the job.
A set of images are on this link (50 photos): redorbital.co.uk/explore/anti-austerity-march-in-london-20th-june-2015/
An extended set of photos are on this link (over 100 photos): redorbital.co.uk/explore/anti-cuts-march-london-20th-june/