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G-20 Summit to Be Protected by 2,500 Extra Police Officers, Guardian Says
Police Cancel Vacations, Gird for G20 Protests, Guardian Says
March 21 (Bloomberg) -- British police have canceled all vacations and are bringing 2,500 officers to London to control an expected wave of protests during the Group of 20 nations summit starting April 2, the Guardian reported.
Police officials are meeting next week to prepare for the event, which will include delegations from 40 countries and mark U.S. President Barack Obama’s first visit to London, the newspaper said. While the summit is taking place at the Excel conference center in east London, police said protestors may target the city’s financial district, including the Bank of England, according to the Guardian.
The 7.2 million-pound ($10.4 million) police operation is intended to counter attacks by hundreds of protesters from environmental, anti-war and anarchist groups as world leaders meet to discuss the global economic crisis, the newspaper said.
The protestors are expected to try to storm buildings, close roads, set up climate camps and break into the meeting on dinghies via the Thames, the Guardian said, citing Commander Bob Broadhurst, who is responsible for the police operation.
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Met: G20 protesters will stretch us to our limit
Scotland Yard issued a stark warning of violent disorder in the City of London on the eve of the G20 summit, with the police stretched to their limit in the middle of an extraordinary week of public protest.
Anarchists, environmentalists and anti-globalisation groups are collaborating to mount an “unprecedented” sequence of demonstrations across London and police chiefs fear that they will be playing cat and mouse with militants.
The cost of the operation to protect the City and the summit on the first two days of April could hit £10 million, more than five times the cost of the 2001 May Day demonstration. At least 1,000 anti-capitalist demonstrators plan to converge on the Bank of England and will be met by 2,500 uniformed police, many equipped with riot gear. Hundreds more officers will be deployed in security operations at the G20 summit venue in East London and protecting locations where 40 delegations of world leaders will be staying.
City bosses have been advised to cancel meetings and place extra security on their offices in anticipation of trouble on what the protesters have labelled Financial Fools’ Day.
Originally posted by YeahSureIWILL
Someone needs to bring a missile launcher to the party.
All those pigs in the one spot, would send a good message to the elite filth, that there little private henchmen army, can be stopped.
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
reply to post by Hastobemoretolife
Watch carefully...this is where we'll get our look at the tactics they'll be using against us sooner later...
[edit on 3/22/2009 by Hx3_1963]
Stark warnings over G20 summit
There are stark warnings in several papers about what could be in store for London when it hosts the G20 summit.
The Sunday Express says Londoners will face a massive £10m security operation to deal with a terror threat said to be at the "severe end of severe".
And the Observer says staff in the City are being advised to dress down and postpone non-essential meetings.
There are fears they will be forced to run the gauntlet of protesters. "Burn a banker," says one anarchist poster.
Police warn of G20 protest scale
Known activists are planning in an "unprecedented" way ahead of next month's G20 summit in London, the Metropolitan Police have warned.
Office staff warned of confrontation as City braces for mass G20 protests
Police forecast transport paralysis in capital as campaigners insist demonstrations against globalisation and climate change will be peaceful
Activists plot G20 summit mass protests against bankers in City
Activists are planning a mass protest against bankers in the City to coincide with the G20 summit in London.
A history of violent protest at G20 world trade meetings