This is bogus?
G20 Summit – 1st & 2nd April 2009
On 2 April, leaders of twenty of the world’s most powerful nations will meet in London for the G20 Summit. The G20 summit will be the target of widespread protests, many of which are being organised online. City workers have been warned that they might be targeted and police are preparing a massive security operation. An alliance of anti-capitalist groups are organising a carnival which will converge in front of the Bank of England on 1 April. Other demonstrations are planned across London including Underground stations, The Excel Centre at Docklands, European Climate Exchange at Bishopsgate and the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. Staff in the City are being advised to dress down and postpone non-essential meetings amid fears that they will be forced to run the gauntlet of protesters. Police have received intelligence reports that hotels and other buildings could become the target of anti-globalisation groups and are increasing the number of close protection officers that will be stationed at each location. All police leave has been cancelled in London for the first two days of next month and thousands of uniformed officers will be on the streets to prevent legitimate protests from being hijacked by violent activists after indications that there will be the worst public disorder in a decade. The security operation to protect politicians attending the event will be the largest seen in Britain since the G8 met at Gleneagles in July 2005. Hotels in London will be extremely busy during this time. There may also be disruption and protests at London Airports. Traveller Location Reports have been reviewed by Reed & Mackay and passengers who may be affected are being contacted.