Protesters throw bottles and smoke bombs at riot police in central London in a demonstration against the re-election of Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 9, 2015) (ITN) – Protesters threw bottles, cans and smoke bombs at riot police in central London on Saturday (May 9) in a demonstration against the re-election of Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
Scuffles broke out when the demonstrators, blaring hooters, banging pots and chanting obscenities, confronted lines of police outside the gate leading to the prime minister’s Downing Street residence.
Police arrested four people, and two officers suffered minor injuries, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
A couple of hundred people took part in the protest, including a group of about 25 black-clad youths with sunglasses and face masks.
Police briefly closed the central Whitehall avenue to traffic but later reopened it and surrounded the last remaining group of several dozen protesters.
The Conservatives won about 37 percent of the votes.
Among the protesters was an activist from the Green Party.
“The march today has been representative of a number of people that are unhappy about the election result. 75 percent of the people, of the electorate of this country who voted, didn’t vote for the Conservatives. We need a proportional representational system of election now,” said Elliot Corner.
Cameron, whose government has enacted tough spending cuts to bring down the budget deficit and promised more to come, won a second five-year term in Thursday’s election with an outright majority in parliament.