Thursday, March 26, 2009
City workers are being urged to stay at home or to dress down during next week’s G20 summit to avoid being targeted by anti-capitalist protesters.
Unprecedented measures are being put in place to prepare for thousands of demonstrators targeting the City and Canary Wharf.
About 3,000 anti-capitalist protesters are expected, with groups next Wednesday marching to the Bank of England, holding ‘flashcamps’ outside the European Climate Exchange in Bishopsgate, and marching on the US Embassy.
Demonstrators have vowed to hang effigies of bankers from lampposts along the protest route.
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City workers have been warned not to wear suits, but to ‘dress down’ in chinos and loafers because they would be obvious targets.
Banks have been warned to take extra security precautions to protect their staff after vandals attacked former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin’s Edinburgh home.
Security specialists at Kroll, the risk consultancy, said high profile bankers were ‘easy targets’. Companies linked to the financial crisis are taking extra security measures for prominent staff.
An extra 2,500 police, including riot units and intelligence officers, are being deployed at a cost of ¬£10million to tackle any violence, while security consultants are giving firms constant updates on threat levels.
The demonstrations, as 20 world leaders meet at the ExCeL Centre in Docklands to discuss how to end the world recession, are expected to be the biggest in London this decade.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 9:30 am