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Wednesday, 2 May, 2001, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
May Day in London
Liverpool St Station Liverpool St Station Kings Cross Kings Cross Victoria embankment Parliament Square Parliament Square Speakers Corner / Mayfair University of London University of London The Strand Highbury Fields Highbury Fields Trafalgar Square Piccadilly Circus Haymarket Conduit St Oxford St Oxford St London: May day protests

What happened around London on May Day? Click on the numbers on the map to find out what was planned and what took place.

1.Liverpool St
0800 Critical Mass bike ride: Supporters met outside Liverpool St station with a smaller number outside Marylebone station and the two groups cycled to Kings Cross. Some of the cyclists wore costumes and fluorescent wigs. Sir David Howard, Lord Mayor of London described the event as having a "carnival atmosphere".

2. King's Cross
1000: Several hundred cyclists and protesters converged on King's Cross blocking off the Euston Rd. Some carried a banner saying: "Overthrow capitalism and replace it with something nice."

The protest was peaceful and was watched by lines of waiting police officers. The protesters then moved off towards Euston Station where a good-natured sit-down demonstration was held.

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3. Victoria Embankment
1000 onwards: Predicted gathering point for more demonstrators. No reports of any action having taken place.

4. Parliament Square
1100 onwards: Another gathering point for protesters. Last year the statue of Sir Winston Churchill was daubed with paint and given a strip of grass as a mohican-style haircut. Parts were also dug up in the name of "guerrilla gardening". No reports of any activities actually taking place.

5. Speakers' Corner / Mayfair Midday onwards: Campaigners for the homeless gathered here to build "hotels" made out of cardboard.

6 University of London.
Midday onwards: Protests against student fees at the University of London. The crowd was small and the demonstration was quickly over.

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7. Trafalgar Square
Midday onwards: Animal rights activists planned to feed the pigeons in the square in protest against the Greater London Authority's decision to end pigeon feeding.

Around 150 cyclists descended on the square just before noon whistling and cheering. But were prevented by police from entering the Strand and later headed towards Waterloo Bridge.

Later less than 30 protesters were allowed back into the square. They congregated around the bottom of Nelson's Column in where they unfurled the banner reading: "Abolish capitalism before it kills the planet".

8. The Strand Midday onwards: A picket outside Coutts bank passed off peacefully - organisers wore fancy dress, banners and passed around monopoly money.

9. Highbury Fields
Midday: South eastern and regional TUC marched from Highbury Fields to Clerkenwell.

10. Piccadilly Circus
1300: Street theatre planned by the Eros Statue. Called "A Beltane celebration" musical instruments, masks, costumes, "love and inspiration".

11. Haymarket
1400: World Bank Offices on the corner of Pall Mall were targeted by a more than 200 loud, but orderly, anti-globalisation protesters.

The windows of about a dozen banks and shops in Pall Mall were boarded up as a precaution.

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12. Conduit St
1400: Protests against the fur trade by animal rights activists was scheduled. No reports of any demonstration.

13. Oxford St
Demonstrators started to arrive at about 1400 for the finale of the day which had been described as the "Sale of the Century".

A stand-off soon developed as huge numbers of police restricted the protesters to the area around Oxford Circus. The tight police cordon prevented the protesters from spreading out along the street.

Protesters were told over police loudspeakers that they were being contained "in the interests of preventing damage to property".

Several times elements of the crowd surged forward, trying to push through the riot police lines. There were a series of minor scuffles and missiles were hurled at police.

A number of people suffered minor injuries and the police arrested more than 20 people.

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