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Around 2500 protestors took to the streets and attempted to block the road on Whitehall, which led to scuffles with police. Around 8pm several protestors were arrested after breaking into government offices on Whitehall.
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Saturday 16 October 2010: Protestors from various groups came together under the name Crude Awakening and, after giving the police intelligence officers the run-around through the Underground and across the London streets, boarded a train to Stanford le Hope in Essex and marched on the Coryton oil refinery.Coryton supplies all of London’s fuel needs. Initially 12 protestors locked themselves to several transit vans. The remaining 500 protestors descended on the only road leading in or out of the fuel depot and formed human blockades.
On the BBC a spokesperson from Petroplus, the Coryton owners, said the refinery operations ran as normal during the protest. A spokesperson from Crude Awakening said 50 tankers were halted during the seven hour road blocks.
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In Brussels, Belgium, tens of thousands marched to oppose the austerity measures being imposed in the forms of public sector funding cuts, mass redundancies and pension cuts. The same day the nation of Spain was shut down in a general strike. Strikes in Greece continued all through the week, where protests and general strikes earlier in the year led to large scale rioting.
Sunday 3 October saw the opening of the Conservative Party Conference under the phrase, “Together In the National Interest” and a ring of steel descended on the ICC centre in Birmingham. Thousands of people marched in protest against the current cuts to the public sector, job and benefit losses, pension reductions and the second wave of cuts to be imposed this October.