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LONDON -- Next month's G20 summit will present an "unprecedented" challenge as up to 2,000 protesters attempt to bring London to a standstill, the Metropolitan Police admitted yesterday.
The 20 world leaders, including Barack Obama, are to visit the capital for the summit on 2 and 3 April. They plan to discuss ways to tackle the global financial crisis.
But their presence is expected to encourage a large number of protests, with scores of activists from an array of different causes determined to generate publicity from demonstrations around the event.
The majority of protest groups have promised to demonstrate peacefully, but there are fears anarchist and hardcore anti-capitalists from Britain and abroad will try to fight police in pitched battles reminiscent of the anarchist riots of the late 1990s which caused millions of pounds of damage.
Originally posted by CaptainCaveMan
I and the rest of the SAS
Will protect her Majesty.
Originally posted by milesp
I think the estimate of '2,000 protesters' is far too small. 20,000 seems more reasonable.
2009: The Summer of Rage.
Originally posted by stumason
Capt. Caveman is full of it, just ignore him.
As for the topic:
The protesters can try and bring London to a standstill, but the Police have pretty sweeping powers to deal with trouble makers and blocking traffic or other systems is basically giving them a green light to use those powers.
Should make for some interesting viewing none the less, but we all know that the only thing that can bring London to a complete standstill is 6" of snow, not some grubby protesters or bomb attacks.
Originally posted by Shadowflux
As much as I would personally like to lob a few cocktails through bank windows I have to admit that it's exactly what "they" want. It may seem exciting to be in the midst of an anarchist protest but in the end violence always makes things worse for everyone.
The victory of anti-government forces has always led straight to oppression and terror for the populous. I would even go so far as to say that anarchists, or anyone advocating violence to overthrow a government, are being ignorant and negligent and are only fighting to ruin the country they say they are fighting to save.
If you want a revolution that will make life better for all then you must seek to educate and enlighten as many people as you can in the benefits of peace and the knowledge that freedom is inherent in every human at birth and that a government has only as much power as you allow it.
Violence and terror will not free humankind, only knowledge and understanding can make us free and ensure a better world for future generations.