- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

LONDON (AP) - Police were out in force Thursday as leaders of the G-20 financial powers met to discuss the global economy, after sometimes violent clashes a day earlier during which one man collapsed and died and police made 86 arrests.

Security was tight at the summit venue, the ExCel Center in east London’s Docklands area. Police manned barriers and checkpoints around the security perimeter, and were turning away anyone without accreditation within a half-mile (800 meter) radius.

There were no signs of protests as delegates arrived Thursday morning.

About a hundred police officers guarded the London Stock Exchange near St. Paul’s Cathedral in the financial district, watching a smaller group of protesters who entertained journalists and photographers by playing a giant Monopoly game.

“The question is of course who has got the monopoly? It is fairly obvious the G20 are the global financial elite,” said Clare Smith, 27, one of the protesters.

“Meanwhile the poor are getting poorer and that has even started to show in this country, but has obviously been going on across the world for some time.”

Some 4,000 anarchists, anti-capitalists, environmentalists and others clogged London’s financial center near the Bank of England on Wednesday for what demonstrators had branded “Financial Fool’s Day.”

Metropolitan police said arrests up to 3 a.m. Thursday included 16 for violent disorder, 11 for possessing police uniforms, and 13 for public order offenses.

One man in the crowd of demonstrators collapsed and later died at a hospital. He was not immediately identified.

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