The Million Mask March is sweeping the globe across Wednesday as demonstrators protest against austerity, mass surveillance and oppression. Participants will obscure their faces to protect their identity.
The March later in the day turned into scuffles between the police and anti-austerity demonstrators.
Prior to the annual rally, scores of riot police were stationed around Trafalgar Square, where protesters had gathered to start the march towards the Houses of Parliament.
The participants of the march covered their faces with masks so that they cannot be identified.
Similar demonstrations were organized in hundreds of cities around the world.
Last year, over 2,000 people attended a similar event but British police fear this year’s march could attract far more participants.
On the eve of the march, Anonymous sent a message to “world bodies of power.”
“To oppressive governments, we say this: we do not expect our campaign to be completed in a short time frame. However, you will not prevail against the angry masses,” a part of the message read.
Anonymous members said British government officials have “made an enemy of Anonymous,” and “angered them considerably.”
The current UK government launched austerity measures when it came to power in 2010 in a bid to tackle the country’s mounting debt and sluggish growth, but the policies have sparked opposition and public protests in recent years.
The UK government also came under pressure over a phone hacking scandal, in which phone communications were intercepted between 2000 and 2006.