Friday, May 06, 2011

Crashers for british royal wedding crashed

As much as I hate most of the windsors, some of these protesters, namely
those anarchist international provaceturs, brought this on themselves.
If they hadn't gone soft taking government grants to put on pickets, and
ignored hardcore training for clashes with the pigs like was done back
in the 90's and like other groups around the World do, they would have
got results. People in the english speaking World need to get their act
together fast or they will have nobody to blame but themselves for
living in a dystopia.
Peter Z
Royal wedding: Anarchists planning to mar Prince William and Kate
Middleton's happy day
Anarchists are planning to hijack peaceful protests against the royal
wedding to launch violent attacks in central London.
Activists start a fire at Oxford Circus during a Trade Union Congress
(TUC) march in London on March 26, 2011
Activists start a fire at Oxford Circus during a Trade Union Congress
(TUC) march in London on March 26, 2011 Photo: AFP
Patrick Sawer
By Patrick Sawer 9:00PM BST 23 Apr 2011


Police fear a repeat of the chaotic scenes witnessed during the 400,000
strong trade union march against spending cuts last month, when small
groups of masked militants attacked shops and banks in London's busiest
shopping streets.

Individuals linked with UK Uncut – the protest group which carried out
the invasion and occupation of Fortnum & Masons in Piccadilly, during
the TUC march – are planning a headline-grabbing protest against the
marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton under the slogan "Reclaim
the Royal Wedding".

They want hundreds of disgruntled opponents of the monarchy to mingle
with the crowds outside Westminster Abbey and in Parliament Square.

As the ceremony reaches its climax inside the abbey they plan to unveil
banners and placards and shout anti-royal slogans.

The protesters, who were banned by police from staging an official
protest outside Westminster Abbey, will gather in Trafalgar Square
before joining the throngs heading for the celebrations.
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Once there they plan to regroup and begin their protest.

In a carefully worded message on Facebook, Reclaim the Royal Wedding's
organisers said: "We cannot BE SEEN to condone any individuals or groups
who do protest outside Westminster Abbey because protesting in the
designated area is unlawful.

"Nor can we BE SEEN to condone the use of extremely effective megaphones
(which are disallowed), beautifully painted placards, remarkable banners
or other interesting devices of protest outside the Abbey or elsewhere
on the route.

"Also, we cannot BE SEEN to condone any other actions individuals or
groups might choose to undertake that would disrupt this occasion and
draw attention to other issues – such as the crippling cuts to public

"Evidently, if they did occur, these sorts of actions, interruptions,
disruptions and images would be extremely embarrassing for the
Government and would generate massive worldwide media attention,
especially outside Westminster Abbey.

"It would be a remarkable spectacle!"

In on open invitation the statement adds: "However, if you would like to
meet up before heading off to watch the wedding, we will be casually
meeting at Trafalgar Square - around Nelson's column - between 9.30 and
10.30 am."

John Shepherd, Susan Petal and Ingrid Muller are three of the activists
behind the protest, which they say will attract hundreds of groups and

Mr Shepherd, who studied war and peace studies at Keele University and
political science at University College London is a supporter of the
republican pressure group Republic, as well as UK Uncut.

"The monarchy for centuries has stood as a beacon of the status quo, at
the apex of our society it represents and perpetuates the sheer
inequality and wealth disparity in British society, and this wedding
reinforces that view," he said.

"We are not 'all in this together' and we want to make our voices heard,

However details of the event have been posted by Ms Petal and other
supporters on Facebook pages set up by adherents of the anarchist black
bloc, which revels in the tactics of violent confrontation with police
and was at the forefront of disturbances on the day of the TUC protest,
on March 26.

Writing on one of the largest black bloc Facebook pages Ms Petal said:
"Please support this event and invite your friends!"

Among the 1,500 people who have indicated they will attend the Reclaim
the Royal Wedding protest are trade unionists, left-wing activists and
environmentalists, as well as hundreds of students from colleges and
universities around the country.

But they also include numerous self-proclaimed anarchists and animal
rights militants.

While Scotland Yard is confident it can prevent any outbreaks of
disorder along the route of the procession, it fears anarchists will
cause trouble at other locations.

Targets could include shops with the royal warrant, tourist landmarks
and banks.

Several militants and anarchist groups have been plotting to disrupt the
wedding celebrations.

Some have boasted of preparing to come armed with masonry hammers to
break shop windows, catapults for firing ball-bearings at police horses
and smoke bombs.

One group, called Better Dead Than Wed, published details of the route
the royal couple will take to and from Westminster Abbey on the UK
Indymedia website, with a poster showing hangman's nooses round the
necks of William and Miss Middleton, under the slogan Time to Tie the

The posting included the veiled threat: "I'm sure the activist community
will want to make sure the happy couple remember their special day."

Another group, The Government of the Dead, is to stage a 'zombie wedding
party' in Soho Square, before parading what they claim is a working
guillotine to Westminster where they intend to barrack and jeer the
royal procession.

The group is headed by Professor Chris Knight, a Marxist anthropologist
who was sacked by the University of East London over statements he made
about the use of violence against wealthy bankers.

Queer Resistance, a group of gay, lesbian and transsexual activists, are
planning to stage a flash mob near the route of the wedding in order to
mock the royal couple, in protest against cuts in spending on HIV care
and anti-homophobic bullying work in schools.

Shops and businesses along Oxford St, Regent St and Piccadilly fear they
will again be targeted by masked anarchists who last month smashed
windows, threw paint bombs and attempted to occupy banks and shops such
as Boots, Topshop and Vodafone.

More than 150 businesses were briefed by senior officers last Wednesday
about the security measures Scotland Yard plans to implement. They were
also advised on what security measures they can adopt to protect

Police have banned any protests within the one mile security "footprint
of the wedding" around Buckingham Palace, the Mall, Whitehall,
Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster.

A group of Muslim extremists who planned to burn the union flag outside
the Abbey have already been told they will be barred from gathering, as
will members of the far-right English Defence League who had intended to
hold a counter-demonstration.

Senior officers said that 60 anarchists arrested during the TUC march
have bail conditions that prevent them entering central London over the
wedding period and police spotters will keep a watch for activists who
have committed public order offences at demonstrations and may be
attempting to infiltrate the area.

A police source said: "The same faces often appear at different protests
and we will try and take a pre-emptive strike against them."

Police are receiving daily intelligence reports on plans to disrupt the
wedding from both covert and open sources, such as social networking

But they admit the black bloc tactic of militants turning up in small
groups to form a larger wedge of protesters is difficult for them to

Scotland Yard will have around 5,000 officers on duty, with 1,000 of
them operating as mobile teams to handle disturbances away from the main

Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens, head of central operations at
Scotland Yard, said: "If anyone comes to London on the day of the royal
wedding intending to commit criminal acts we will act quickly, robustly
and decisively."
29 April 2011 Last updated at 18:42 ET
Royal wedding: Police arrest 55 around security zone

Scotland Yard has hailed the security operation surrounding the royal
wedding as an "amazing success" despite 55 arrests around its security

About half the arrests were for breach of the peace and a man was held
for an alleged sex assault on a girl, aged 14.

Ten people carrying climbing gear and anti-monarchy placards were
arrested near Charing Cross.

Other arrests were for drunk and disorderly, criminal damage, theft and
over a suspected environmental protest.

Three people were held in the Covent Garden area over the alleged
demonstration, police said.

Anti-terror powers were used to arrest one man who was seen taking
suspicious photographs of transport hubs and security personnel in the
Charing Cross area.

Three others were held over drug offences and four for allegedly
carrying an offensive weapon.

Met Police Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens said the success of the
overall policing operation showed that the force could handle security
for next year's Olympic Games.

She said her 5,000 officers should be "immensely proud" of their role in
the "happy and safe" event.

She admitted to pre-event "nerves" and defended the decision to carry
out a string of pre-event raids as "entirely justified".
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An estimated one million people had gathered along the wedding route.

The police said that number was more than expected.

Officers questioned masked anti-monarchy protesters in Soho Square as a
huge security operation took place around Buckingham Palace, Westminster
Abbey and The Mall.

Thousands of police officers created a "ring of steel" around the
venues. Snipers took to rooftops and undercover officers mingled among
the crowds

More than 90 people were banned from the area and up to 80 VIPs were
granted personal protection.

Over the past few days police have arrested three people believed to be
planning to behead effigies at the wedding.

They were detained by police in Brockley, south-east London, on Thursday

There were also several raids on squats across London, which drew
criticism from one Labour backbencher.

John McDonnell accused police of "disproportionate" action, saying the
raids appeared to be "some form of pre-emptive strike".

Elsewhere, anti-monarchy group Republic held a peaceful "not the royal
wedding" street party in Red Lion Square, Holborn.
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