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Student protest 'petrol bomb' YouTube footage released

  • 13 January 2011
  • From the section London

Police have released video of a man holding what they suspect is a petrol bomb in London during student protests.

The footage, which police found on YouTube, shows a man running with the device in Parliament Square on 9 December.

Protests took place in central London in November and December in response to the rise in tuition fees.

Police have released images and footage of suspects they wished to trace in connection with the violent disorder.

The Metropolitan Police has set up a team of 80 officers who are investigating the disorder in the capital during the protests on 10, 24 and 30 November and 9 December, under the codename Operation Malone.

Images released by police have included photographs of protesters smashing the windows of Topshop in Oxford Circus and suspects kicking cars in a royal convoy, including a car carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

A further 10 images were released of people police wish to speak to about disorder on 24 November.

Det Ch Supt Matthew Horne said: "What we have released today is the unlawful side of protest. An individual throws what appears to be a petrol bomb, putting others in clear danger.

"Another young man is seen committing acts of suspected violent disorder in Parliament Square, attempting to cause damage to shops and attacking the royal convoy."

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