3000 London police personnel to counter G-20 protestersMarch 23rd, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar.23 (ANI): At least 3,000 police will be deployed across London to protect President Obama and leaders of 19 other nations during their attendance at the Group of Twenty Summit.
Intelligence gathered so far suggest that an alliance of anarchists, anti-globalization groups and environmentalists intend to bring London to a standstill during the event through stunts ranging from building giant sand pits in the streets to scaling skyscrapers in the city’’s financial district.
The protesters have “some very clever people,” Scotland Yard Commander Bob Broadhurst told reporters here on Sunday.
The authorities have cancelled all police leave and intend to meet the threat foreseen for the G-20 conference. The Bank of England is a possible target of anti-globalization groups.
According to The Telegraph, the security operation is likely to cost about 14.5 million dollars, and will target protest groups that hope to create mass chaos.
The world’’s top dignitaries will meet on April 2-3 in the Docklands area of East London, where a ring of police and steel will cordon off the ExCel center for an estimated 40 delegations to go to work trying to resolve the deepening global financial crises.
Authorities are taking the protesters” threats seriously, considering the chaos they could cause if they succeed. (ANI)
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