Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

A Metropolitan police officer dressed in riot uniform wears pro-war insignia on his chest during the operation planned and conducted by Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair. Downing Street, London. 15th June 2008. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

President George Bush State Visit UK Anti War Protest. London. 15th June 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-06-15 00:00:00

Anti-war protesters gather in Parliament Square to express their disgust at the visit of US president George W Bush to the United Kingdom in order to alleviate the legacy of his presidency.

They gather in the Square, listen to speeches and then move toward Whitehall where they plan to go to Downing Street to make their voices heard. Metropolitan police officers gather in large numbers to stop them.

The peaceful protest is then surrounded by over 1000 officers, a number of whom wear pro-war insignia on their riot armour, and begin to suppress the protest. They carry out a number of arrests throughout the early evening by snatching members of the public at random.

The operation is organised and planned by Labours Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, who has now qualified a long history of taking a violent approach to those who peacefully oppose the war.

Downing Street, London. 15th June 2008.

Members of the public gather in Parliament Square and enjoy lunch before the protest begins.

Members of the public gather in Parliament Square and enjoy lunch before the protest begins.

They listen to speeches on an open mic directly outside Parliament.

They listen to speeches on an open mic directly outside Parliament.

After finishing their speeches, they move toward Whitehall in an attempt to move to Downing Street to make clear their opposition to the US President and the British Prime Minister.

After finishing their speeches, they move toward Whitehall in an attempt to move to Downing Street to make clear their opposition to the US President and the British Prime Minister.

Metropolitan police officers attempt to grab people from the crowd which has formed in front of barricades in order to prevent them from spoiling the photo opportunity in Downing Street.

Metropolitan police officers attempt to grab people from the crowd which has formed in front of barricades in order to prevent them from spoiling the photo opportunity in Downing Street.

The crowd lose patience with the poor judgement of the officers and tear down the barriers.

The crowd lose patience with the poor judgement of the officers and tear down the barriers.

Walter Wolfgang and Labour MP, Tony Benn, leave the crowd as it becomes clear what the police have in mind.

Walter Wolfgang and Labour MP, Tony Benn, leave the crowd as it becomes clear what the police have in mind.

Metropolitan snatch team officers move into the crowd and carry out random arrests of those standing around quietly talking.

Metropolitan snatch team officers move into the crowd and carry out random arrests of those standing around quietly talking.

A man is dragged by his neck away from Westminster tube station after being cornered by snatch team officers.

A man is dragged by his neck away from Westminster tube station after being cornered by snatch team officers.