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Update and Timeline of Events in London from IMC UK:
21:30 Police siege of Soho is starting to relax, but a couple of hundred people remain trapped in Old Compton St. Mayday celebrators are being released on an individual basis, after being searched for weapons and photographed. It is worth remembering that, under Section 60, police do not have the right to gather intelligence by forcefully obtaining pictures of individual citizens.
20:30 Around 500 people, including a samba band, are still penned in by riot police in Old Compton St. Despite continuously chanting "let us out", they are not being allowed to move. Soho has been smoothly taken over by police, and it has been confirmed that a Section 60 order has been issued for Central London, stripping citizens of their usual rights. Police are taking away many people, but it is not clear whether they are being arrested or just removed from the area.
19.40 Riot police have cordoned off the Soho streets where the carnival is taking place. The carnival crowd has been divided by a police line, and officers are violently pushing people into Old Compton St. Celebrators are using non-violent resistance -- linking arms and refusing to move -- in an attempt to remain partying together. There are reports that a Section 60 order has been issued.
19.15 The "official" version from mainstream media for the Trafalgar Sq rally today, is that over 7000 people joined in a peaceful protest interspersed with minor incidents.
19.05 Between two and three thousand people are partying in Old Compton St and the surrounding area.
19.00 Confirmed total number of arrests so far: 8 people earlier on in the day, according to a Scotland Yard briefing given to the Press Association; plus another 4 in Leicester Sq just now, while allegedly trying to attack a McDonalds.
18.50 In Old Compton St. an IMC reporter was assaulted by a police officer and one person was arrested. Police are closing Shaftesbury Avenue and Wardour St. Old Compton St. and the North end of Wardour St. are still open.
18.25 A separate group of one thousand people are penned in by police in Leicester Sq, where there are some minor scuffles. Police numbers increase throughout the area, and officers are getting into their riot gear.
18.15 The carnivalistas are now in Wardour St.
18.05 The carnival parade is in Old Compton St. moving towards Piccadilly.
18.00 Report of 40 police vans in Piccadilly Circus with officers getting into full riot gear.
17.30 People are now celebrating around Soho.
16.45 One thousand people party in full swing carnival mood at Old Compton St, Soho. This event is organised by the International Sex Workers Union. Very good atmosphere with a massive police presence in the background.
16.40 Speeches finished at Trafalgar Square and people are leaving the area, though a sizeable crowd still remains there. There is no Section 60 and celebrators are free to move around.
15.40 Around 2,000 protestors remain hemmed in Trafalgar Square. Latest reports confirm that one person has been arrested by police and the legal defence people have been made aware.
15.30 800 people are in Oxford Street and move peacefully towards Marble Arch. No trouble here.
15.20 Scuffles broke out in Trafalgar Square after police attempted to prevent Critical Mass, Carniball and other Pagan protestors from joining the trade union march. An Indymedia journalist was struck while reporting. Police are engaging in heavy handed violent tactics to separate the protestors.
15.10 Around 2000 protesters heading down Piccadilly Circus have broken through a police line and are now heading towards Trafalgar Square.
14.45 2-3000 people are playing football in Oxford St, have turned left at Hyde Park Corner to move down Park Lane. Reports say it's a "lovely and fluffy atmosphere".
14.40 The Piccadilly Circus crowd has moved to Charing Cross Road.
14.35 Around 5,000 have gathered at Piccadilly Circus and are enjoying the carnival. People are continuing towards Trafalgar Square.
14.30The "Anarchist Conga Train" is spreading in the Oxford Street area, police are trying to divide the crowd.
14.25Police are trying to cordon in (that's the famous Section 60!) 1000 people at Oxford Street, but don't succeed as people are moving off quickly.
thousand people are peacefully moving around in Soho and Mayfair, celebrating
a sunny Mayday!.
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