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Protesters paid 85,000 by police

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The Met said there would be no action against the officers involved

Scotland Yard has agreed to pay five protesters £85,000 in damages for assault and false imprisonment.

The group had been demonstrating outside the Mexican embassy in London in 2006 when they were held.

The Metropolitan Police has written a letter of apology to the protesters and admitted any force used to arrest them was "assault and battery".

A Met spokesman confirmed the force had settled the claim and the incident was due to a "breakdown in communication".

'Individual error'

The spokesman said: "There was a breakdown in communication between two locally based officers leading to the unlawful arrest of five individuals.

"As the MPS accepts that the arrests in these cases were unlawful, any force used to enact this arrest is classed as assault.

"This is the reason for the acceptance of this further element of the claim."

He added no action had been taken against the officers involved because it was an "individual error".

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