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Raging class war: Anti-gentrification protest in Camden, London, ends in violence

Raging class war: Anti-gentrification protest in Camden, London, ends in violence
Scuffles broke out between anti-gentrification protesters and police in Camden with injuries reported on both sides. Five rally participants have been arrested.

A man has been hospitalized and two police officers suffered minor injuries after about 20 protesters started throwing bottles and pieces of wood late on Saturday, according to police.

Five people were arrested on charges of causing disorder and they still remained in custody on Sunday morning, the Metropolitan Police Service reported.

The incident took place after a planned peaceful demonstration organized by an activist group and political party Class War and approved by the Metropolitan Police Service, which started in Camden town, London, on Saturday at 07:00pm local time.

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"A minority within the 'Class Wars' protest have sought to provoke disorder. Extra police resources have been brought in to assist,” Camden police tweeted.

Most of the event, promoted on Facebook under the name “The F**k Parade Strikes Back! - Reclaim Camden, Reclaim the Beats” was peaceful.

Hundreds of participants gathered in Camden Town and marched to the bridge near Camden Lock, with some dancing to raucous music from bike sound systems and some firing colored smoke pellets.

Many protesters were chanting slogans and carrying banners and placards that read “Reclaim London”, “We must devastate the avenues where the wealthy live,” and “This is London, not Monaco.”

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Shortly before the event, the organizers called for “standing up to gentrification” and saving Camden from “this onslaught of dog-eat-dog economics.”

“The heart of Camden is being ripped out, pubs are being converted to luxury flats no one can afford, venues are under threat, the market is flogged off to be a casino (and yet more unaffordable flats) Rents are rising....fast,” the organizers’ Facebook post reads.

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“Soon this community will be an unrecognisable, bland, yuppie infested wasteland with no room for normal (and not so normal) people.”

Two hours after the start of the demonstration, the crowd moved into the High Street forcing police to close the Camden Town underground station.

After the situation heated up, additional police units including the Territorial Support Group and the Met dogs were brought in to assist and police reportedly managed to clear the area by 11:30pm local time.