UK protesters bomb police, attack bank

London - Police say protesters have thrown paint bombs and light bulbs filled with ammonia at officers in London's centre during a demonstration against budget cuts.

London's Metropolitan Police said on Saturday a group of black-clad demonstrators also threw paint bombs at shops and banks on the main shopping streets of Oxford Street and New Bond Street. Protesters broke the window of the local HSBC bank and attacked an ambulance. Police were forced to close Piccadilly Circus. At least 14 protesters were injured.

The group had broken away from a larger march organized by the Trade Union Council to protest against government cuts to public services.

Organizers say the main demonstration has attracted at least 100 000 people and is otherwise peaceful.

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