A masked Russell Brand leads Anonymous march against austerity cuts: Funny-man-turned-activist joins protesters as they aim fireworks at Buckingham Pa

Demonstrators throw glass bottles during confrontations with officers
Taking part in a global march against cuts in Central London
Comedian Brand, 38, is pictured wearing Anonymous mask at protest

Fireworks were fired at Buckingham Palace last night and a blaze was started just yards from
its gates as hundreds of masked Anonymous protesters clashed with police.

The demonstrators - taking part in a global march against austerity cuts known as the Anonymous
Million Mask Protest - threw glass bottles during confrontations with officers in riot gear.

Comedian Russell Brand, 38, joined in the protest as he used an opinion article in The Guardian to say that people riot ‘when dialogue fails, when they feel unrepresented and bored by the illusion’.

Police tried to shepherd the crowd in Central London, where a fire was started near the Victoria Memorial - and at least one man and woman were seen being taken away by officers.

Several similar events were carried out in cities in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, in opposition to austerity cuts, corruption and an increase in state surveillance.

Brand said in his piece: ‘We are living in a time of huge economic disparity and confronting ecological disaster. This disparity has always been, in cultures since expired, a warning sign of end of days.

‘In Rome, Egypt and Easter Island the incubated ruling elites, who had forgotten that we are one interconnected people, destroyed their societies by not sharing.

‘That is what's happening now, regardless of what you think of my hair or me using long words, the facts are the facts and the problem is the problem. Don't be distracted.’