Visions of apocalypse -- financial and environmental -- hung over London on Wednesday, as protesters gathered in the streets of the city's financial district on the eve of the G-20 summit of world leaders.
But the worst fears of those who had predicted an explosion of rage against the Bank of England and other symbols of capitalism largely failed to materialize due to a heavy police presence and the peaceful intentions of a large majority of protesters.
Around 4,000 anti-capitalist and environmental campaigners, loosely organized under the umbrella group G-20 Meltdown, followed four giant "Horsemen of the Apocalypse" puppets from four London railway stations, converging on the Bank of England at around 11.45 a.m. local time (6.45 a.m. ET) for a demonstration billed as a "mass street party." Read full article »