Police Arrest Six in London Protests Before G-8

London police arrested six people today after protests in the West End shopping district before a Group of Eight summit hosted by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in Northern Ireland next week.

Television pictures showed a building in Soho occupied by demonstrators. The group StopG8 called the action a “carnival against capitalism.” Police officers later blocked access to Fortnum & Mason Plc’s luxury store on Piccadilly, which was the focus of rioting in 2011 against U.K. government spending cuts.

The six arrests were for an assault on police, criminal damage, possessing an offensive weapon, possession of articles with intent to commit criminal damage and failing to remove a face covering, the Metropolitan Police said in an e-mailed statement.

“We have sought to engage with protest groups who were proposing action around G-8 through our police liaison teams but at this stage no groups or individuals have engaged with us,” the Met said. “We would continue to ask anyone who wants to protest in London around the G-8 summit to contact us so that we can work with them and facilitate peaceful protest.”

Leaders from Russia, Germany, France, the U.S., Japan, Italy and Canada will join Cameron at the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh for the conference of G-8 leaders on June 17-18.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net;

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.