According to an article  in the Watford Observer today, the Herts constabulary fears the coming Bilderberg conference may attract “possible crime and disorder linked to a nearby conference at The Grove.”
After a local Green Party candidate announced she was planning to organize a “green event” around the Grove, Herts police apparently expressed their fears in a document cited by Watford Observer senior reporter Ben Endley.
“Documents show Herts police objected to the application due to “concerns over possible crime and disorder linked to a nearby conference at The Grove”.”, Endley reported.
In response to the request of Green Party candidate Su Murray to organize an event in a field across from The Grove Hotel from June 8 to June 12, the Watford Borough Council will not issue a permit for the event, consisting mostly of picknick-style pleasantries such as folk music, children’s entertainers, face painting, and other innocent activities.
The Council’s refusal to permit the event was apparantly preceded by Su Murray’s own decision to withdraw her application altogether “ fearing it would become too disruptive to the public and could be over-run by anti-Bilderberg protestors”.
The police’s fears might be fed by the Watford mayor Dorothy Thornhill, whoexpressed her fear  of violence and anarchy, telling the local newspaper a week back that she fears violent protests at the upcoming Bilderberg conference.
“I have my concerns about it because it does attract people who can and do cause violence and disturbance.”, Thornhill told the Watford Observer. Although she added she is “confident the police will be able to minimize that”.
Past Bilderberg protests cannot give the mayor and Herts police any reason to think the coming conference will be violent. On the contrary, compared to other global summits the Bilderberg summit is usually being met with restrained protests of the most peace-loving people imaginable. On the rare occasions of incidents occurring during the protests, there is usually a provocateur present hoping to stir things up to the point of violent conflict.
There is a certain irony in the words of fear expressed by local authorities. By stating that crime and disorder are to be expected come June, the local Hertfordshire police inadvertently have a point: the only possible criminal activity going on- albeit in a most orderly way- will be the fact that elected officials will be mingling with the world’s financial en economic elites without any detailed record or outside observers to democratically check the proceedings.
Jurriaan Maessen is the editor and writer at ExplosiveReports.Com