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Sunday, 30 April, 2000, 20:51 GMT 21:51 UK
Protest continues peacefully

Mark Thomas and Billy Bragg joined protesters
Protesters gathered in London for the third day of a so-far peaceful anti-capitalism event to protest against a new Terrorism Bill.

Comedian Mark Thomas and singer Billy Bragg joined demonstrators in Highbury Fields, north London.

Organisers had urged those attending to "come dressed as you would for direct action and dissent" and to "defend dissent and real democracy".

Everybody has a right to demonstrate, nobody has a right violently to demonstrate or to attack people or property

Jack Straw

Police have prepared for a possible repeat of last year's anti-capitalist demonstration which descended into chaos, bringing devastation to the capital's financial centre and leaving protesters and police injured.

Hundreds of extra officers have been been drafted in to cover the event. Scotland Yard said staffing levels would be similar to those during the millennium celebrations.

However, so far the feared disorder has not materialised.

A conference to accompany the event was held over the weekend in Holloway, north London.

Those attending it adjourned on Saturday for football and a picnic in nearby Clissold Park.

On Friday thousands of cyclists cycled from Waterloo Bridge to central London in protest at pollution and congestion on Britain's roads.

Reclaim urban areas

There are still concerns that the climax of the four-day Bank Holiday protest, a "guerrilla gardening" event on Monday, could spiral into violence.

Thousands of people with seeds and gardening equipment are expected in Parliament Square, central London for the event, which seeks to symbolise the reclaiming of urban areas.

But organisers insisted a repeat of last year's rioting was not inevitable.

John Jordan, of Reclaim the Streets, said it was a celebration of the anti-capitalism movement rather than a protest.

But one website, apparently set up by a protester, advises demonstrators to burn flags, disable CCTV cameras, disrupt traffic, get naked, spray graffiti and occupy buildings.

Home Secretary Jack Straw said that he had discussed preparations for the protests with the Metropolitan Police and the City of London police.

"Everybody has a right to demonstrate, nobody has a right violently to demonstrate or to attack people or property," he said.

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