A Day At The Riots – Gatecrashing Tory HQ

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When we headed out into central London today, we expected those gathered with their anti-cut placards to fall into that standard student protest routine of hanging around waiting for other people to do something violent. This is not what happened. Instead, around 200 of the 50,000 who filled the streets of Westminster and Millbank invaded Tory headquarters.

Some seemed happy enough just to occupy it, while others seemed more intent on breaking things. Our snapper’s lens was the first in. Here are some photos he took with it.

The first wave of protesters showed up at Millbank at about 1.30pm. At this stage the preferred method of entry was to run as quickly as possible past bemused receptionists and angry security guards. Pretty tame thus far.

The students making themselves feel at home. I imagine this is what the sixth form common room would look like if John Hughes set a film in Harrow.

Things escalated quickly. The police tried to evacuate the protesters, but ended up getting beaten back out.

The guy on the right won’t be so bold when the guy on the left whips this photo out to undermine his rival election campaign 20 years from now.

Smashing through the Tories’ web of lies etc.

Police helmets get knocked off so easily in situations like these that today they littered the floor like confetti, but this guy did the honourable thing and plucked it off from atop a bonce.

Hanging out on the roof, throwing fire extinguishers at police.

All photos by Henry Langston

More photos at Viceland.com