UPDATE 1-Anti-G8 activists rally in London banking district

Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:13am EDT
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* Anti-capitalist protest before G8 summit in N.Ireland

* Officers have outnumbered activists at rallies this week

* Canary Wharf home to Barclays, JP Morgan, other banks

By Michael Holden

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - About 100 activists rallied in the shadow of London's Canary Wharf financial district on Friday, encircled by police, in a protest against capitalism before next week's G8 summit in the United Kingdom.

Environmentalists, anti-poverty campaigners and women's rights groups waved banners reading "Capitalism = Crisis" and "Power to the People" in the Wharf, home to major banks such as Barclays and JP Morgan.

London has seen several demonstrations ahead of next week's summit of leaders from the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations in Northern Ireland, but they have, so far, not matched the mass rallies of past years.

Police and security officers have outnumbered protesters at most events this week.   Continued...