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The WOMBLES (White Overalls Movement Building Libertarian Effective Struggles) are a loosely aligned anarchist and anti-capitalist group based in London. They gained prominence in the early 2000s for wearing white overalls with padding and helmets at protests, mimicking the Italian group Tute Bianche.


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  Interview with a member of the WOMBLES

The WOMBLES quickly became used by much of the UK's mainstream media as a personification of the anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements. The Evening Standard in particular decided to 'infiltrate' the WOMBLES before the 2001,[1] 2002[2] and 2003[3] Mayday protests in London. Even after the WOMBLES had ceased to organise large scale demonstrations the UK media continued to use their name, as shorthand for a "notorious group" of anarchists. For example, the 2006 Sack Parliament demonstration was linked to the WOMBLES in the Daily Mail,[4] whilst the WOMBLES were said to be organising against the G20 according to the Mirror.[5] Between 1999 and 2010, the WOMBLES were infiltrated by at least three British police officers.[6]

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  4. ^ "Womble riot threat as Commons opens". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Mirror Online: The intelligent tabloid. #madeuthink". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ "UK political groups spied on by undercover police – search the list". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2018.