Three blood-spattered bodies were found lying on the pavement in front of a Lloyds Bank branch in the City of London on June 18. Banker-types hurried by the gruesome scene with eyes to the floor. They knew it was directed at them. The City had been infiltrated by activists for Action against Global Capitalism Day - and they were determined to have their say. "We are not just a bunch of nutters, we know what's going on is wrong," said 17-year-old Tiggy McGregor, one of the blood-spattered protesters. This particular faction, The Campaign Against Arms Trade, was protesting against Lloyds Bank's alleged indirect investment in the arms trade through British Aerospace.
Police and protesters were on their best behaviour. Fake blood was plentiful and counterfeit banknotes sporting the Grim Reaper were passed around but no-one was visibly distressed. Only later in the day did other protesters turn violent.
The arms trade campaigners might have made even more of an impact had they consorted with the enemy and done some better research.