Met Police website disrupted during Million Mask March

Scott D'Arcy, Sam Blewett and Alex Patrikios

Published 06/11/2016 | 13:00

Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous.Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous.Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Part of Scotland Yard's public website was disrupted as thousands of masked protesters descended on central London for the Million Mask March organised by hacking group Anonymous.

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Wearing characteristic Guy Fawkes masks, supporters of the mysterious online collective crowded into Trafalgar Square with scores of police on hand to keep order.

The Metropolitan Police said "the majority of those taking part were peaceful" but there were "pockets" of disorder and multiple fireworks thrown, though they did not inflict injury.

By its conclusion, police had made 53 arrests, the majority for drug offences and obstruction of officers.

The Met are investigating what caused the news section of its website to crash between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

A spokesman said: "During the time the Met News web address was not working - between the evening of Saturday, 5 November and the morning of Sunday, 6 November.

"We have contacted our supplier regarding the temporary disruption to the usual Met News web address.

"There are no security issues with the Metropolitan Police Service website."

The main site was unaffected and the news site was now working, he added.

Saturday's protest began peacefully, with several participants climbing the base of Nelson's column and chanting the slogan "one solution, revolution".

Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous.Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous.Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors follow police down Whitehall, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous.Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate near the Houses of Parliament, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate near the Houses of Parliament, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate near Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Parliament Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Parliament Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Parliament Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Parliament Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Participant of the Million Mask March event in central Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. The annual protest is one of many similar marches held worldwide on November 5, broadly aimed at anti-capitalism and pro-civil liberty. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)
Participants of the Million Mask March event in central Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. The annual protest is one of many similar marches held worldwide on November 5, broadly aimed at anti-capitalism and pro-civil liberty. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)
Participants of the Million Mask March event in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, November 5, 2016. The annual protest is one of many similar marches held worldwide on November 5, broadly aimed at anti-capitalism and pro-civil liberty. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)
Protesters wave an anti US flag during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers detain protesters during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers search a protester during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A mask wearing protester participates in the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Protesters take part in the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Protesters take part in the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers detain a protester during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A police officer detains a protester during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers walk ahead of protesters during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers detain a protester during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers line up in front of Buckingham Palace during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers line up in front of Buckingham Palace during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Mask wearing protesters gather before the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers walk ahead of protesters during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors confront the police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors confront the police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors confront police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors confront the police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors confront police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors confront police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
A man is detained in Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Police on The Strand, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
A man is detained near Trafalgar Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Protestors demonstrate in Parliament Square, London, during the Million Mask March bonfire night protest organised by activist group Anonymous Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Police officers apprehend a protester during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers stand-by, watching protesters, during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers apprehend a protester during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers form a line during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers apprehend a protester during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers form a line during the "Million Mask March" in London, Britain November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The procession began along Whitehall and there were angry scenes as police formed a ring of steel outside Parliament.

There were chaotic scenes as riot police moved in to make an arrest in Trafalgar Square near the 9pm curfew, and several bottles and fireworks were thrown at police lines.

Scotland Yard imposed restrictions on this year's event amid concerns over disorder, limiting the march to a three-hour period between 6pm and 9pm on a prescribed route between Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

Four officers and six police horses were injured after missiles and fireworks were thrown at them during last year's march.

Commander BJ Harrington, of the Met's Public Order Command, said: "I would like to commend my officers policing this challenging event for their professionalism and faultless co-ordination.

"I would also like to thank those participants who conducted themselves in a peaceful manner as well as Londoners and those visiting our city for their patience and tolerance."