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See What People Are Saying About... Anger Over Banker Excess

Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 12:57 PM ET

Demonstrators clashed with riot police and smashed bank windows in Britain's financial center on Wednesday in protest against a system they said had robbed the poor to benefit the rich.

Hundreds of protesters converged on a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland , shattering windows. Rescued by the government in October, RBS has become a lightning rod for public anger over banker excess blamed for the crisis.

The protests were timed to coincide with a G20 meeting of the world's leading and emerging economies.

Mounted police and officers in riot gear surrounded the building to keep the crowds back. Protesters hurled paint bombs and bottles, chanting: "These streets, our streets! These banks, our banks!"

Some threw eggs at police and some chanted "build a bonfire, put the bankers on the top." Others shouted "jump" and "shame on you" at financial sector workers watching the march from office block windows.

And that leads to our Fast Money Reader Poll. Are you concerned that public rage over the financial crisis will lead to more angry clashes?

Are you concerned that public outrage over the financial crisis has reached a boiling point?



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