By Jonathan Davies
The group behind the anti-austerity protests which resulted in violent clashes with riot police in London on Saturday is planning another demonstration on the steps of the Bank of England next month.
The People’s Assembly organised the march on Downing Street and is now calling on protesters to demonstrate “right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place” on 20 June.
Announcing the protest on its Facebook page, the People's Assembly said the Bank of England demonstration would be “bigger and bolder than ever we have done before”. More than 30,000 people have already said they will attend the protest.
In its invitation to the protest, the People's Assembly said: “With the Tories going it alone in government we know exactly what to expect. More nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about — the NHS, the welfare state, education and public services.
“We’ll be assembling the demonstration in the heart of the City of London right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place, the banks and their friends in Westminster. We demand that the bankers and elite should pay for the crisis and not the vast majority who had nothing to do with it.
“Now is the time to get organizing, to mobilize our communities, to prepare transport and spread the word. We need to do all that we can to make this demonstration bigger and bolder than ever we have done before.”
'F*** Tory Scum
The protests follow the re-election of the Conservatives in last week's general election. The un-planned demonstration focused on the austerity measures planned by the Tories. Hundreds of protesters descended on Downing Street and Westminster before quickly turning ugly.
Fifteen people were arrested, one police officer was taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder, another suffered a cut lip after an object was thrown and three other officers were assaulted, Scotland Yard said.
Police are also studying CCTV footage after "F*** Tory Scum" was spray-painted on the 'Women of World War II' monument in Whitehall.
Ch Supt Gerry Campbell said: “The vast majority of those protesting did so peacefully. However a small, violent minority were intent on causing disorder.
“We have launched an investigation into criminal damage to the women in world war two memorial. This crime is particularly abhorrent considering we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the criminal damage taking place, or may have information regarding those involved, to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”