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june 18 1999


PROTESTER KNOCKED DOWN BY POLICE VAN
LONDON WALL. 2.02PM (GMT 1)

'I saw the police van that knocked the girl down at Liverpool St,' reports witness Andy P 'I saw that the police van was stuck in the middle of the crowd. It couldn't get out one way so it charged the crowd. That was when she was knocked down.'

POLICE VANS STILL CHARGING CROWD DESPITE EARLIER INCIDENT
LONDON WALL. 2.45 PM
Eyewitness reports a build-up of tension in London Wall area. An initial carnival atmosphere became sour when police started to block main arteries and prevented people from moving on. "There were too many people squeezed into the London Wall area,' reports an eyewitness. 'The police seemed to be 'corking up' the street. It was just like Hyde Park when they blocked everyone into a corner and tried to push them back. The police regrouped and were reinforced with a mounted division. The police kept trying to mount a charge even though people were retreating. It was an extremely claustrophobic situation. Police vans kept reversing into the crowd. At high speed. The police exhibited an intent that suggested they were going to charge - at which point we decided to leave. Despite this incident people were still trying to keep a party spirit alive and responding peacefully."

3-STOREY FOUNTAIN COOLS DOWN PROTESTERS
The crowd had moved to Upper Thames St, near Cannon St tube, when a huge geyser, reports a witness, as high as a building suddenly shot into the air. An unidentified person had opened up a water-main. 'It was amazing, the tallest spout of water I'd ever seen. It was going for half-an-hour and still raining down when I left. Peole were dancing under it, filling water-pistols and squirting each other.'

GLOBAL HEADS PLAY ONE WORLD MUSIC
7 giant heads have been spotted (each atached to a backpack) and each containing a small sound system. The heads represented different nationalities, to draw attention to the fact that June 18th is a global event and that the current economic system affects everyone. The Spanish Head played Spanish music, African music was piped from the African Head etc.

MONEY RAINS DOWN ON CANNON ST
Mysterious 'construction' workers in yellowjackets appeared on the bridge next to Cannon St tube and cast 'silver' banknotes down on city workers and protesters alike. 'They came down in a beautiful shower,' reports a witness, 'a soft and shiny rain'.


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