Ring of steel will stifle protest, freedom of the press
Paul Joseph Watson
May 30, 2013
Infowars has obtained maps released by Hertfordshire Police which illustrate how the entire area surrounding the site of the 2013 Bilderberg Group conference in Watford, UK will be subject to a substantial security lock down which will restrict both protesters and members of the press from exercising their free speech rights.
The maps show that the back entrance to the Grove Hotel will be almost completely inaccessible, partly as a result road closures manned by police checkpoints and partly as a result of pedestrians being prohibited from walking on the road.
This means that the majority of Bilderberg members are certain to use the back entrance and therefore avoid being confronted by protesters or photographed by media – as we predicted weeks ago – thereby defeating the whole purpose of demonstrators attending the event in the first place.
Indeed, the entire area including the stretch of road that leads up to and beyond the front entrance is designated as “pedestrians prohibited” and “no stopping or waiting”.
The security lock down – which is taxpayer funded - is being coordinated under the dubious guise of an “anti-terror exercise,” which is all the more ironic given the fact that the Honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy recently fingered Bilderberg itself for being involved in terrorist attacks in Europe which took place under the auspices of Operation Gladio.
In addition, Watford Borough Council has rejected a Temporary Events Notice to hold the Bilderberg Fringe Festival, at which Alex Jones and David Icke are set to speak, in a nearby park, meaning thousands of people will descend on the area with nowhere to go.
In rejecting the application, Watford councilors are creating a massive public safety issue. Protesters and media representatives will now be bottle-necked into small areas clustered around the entrance to the Grove Hotel. This could easily lead to injuries caused by overcrowding as well as the area’s immediate proximity to a busy main road.
Watford Council and police authorities need to be reasonable in understanding that a deluge of people will be arriving whether they grant permission for the festival or not, meaning it is completely negligent on their behalf not to approve the application, which is now under appeal.
“By providing an alternative focal point for people to use their right to express themselves that was away from the Grove hotel we had hoped to reduce the pressure in what is a contentious area (the Grove gates),” said a statement by festival organizers.
“The safest and most appropriate place for people to gather was deemed Cassiobury Park, but with the decision makers in charge of community safety refusing to make any effort to appropriately engage and plan with the festival organisers, the hope of providing a safe area away from the Grove hotel has now proved impossible.”
“Watford Council should realise that public and press are coming to the area to document the conference and express their legitimate concerns about the way the Bilderberg group operates – and these crowds are coming anyway, regardless of whether a site for the Bilderberg Fringe Festival is found or not.”
In addition to the security lock down, which will include bag searches and metal detector wandings carried out by G4S private security for anyone entering the protest/press area, local residents have been told by police that they will have to present passports or other proof of identification simply to get to their own homes.
“I think it’s totally outrageous and it is infringing my civil liberties,” Kevin Butcher, a Grove Mill Lane resident, told the Watford Observer.
“G4S may photograph / video the protesters if necessary for safety and security,” states a Hertfordshire Police advisory, which also states that bullhorns will not be permitted although loud hailers will be authorized. The memo also states that no masks will be allowed.
The protest/press site will be open “at 9am and close at 8pm on Thursday 6th June. Thereafter the hours will be 8am-8pm on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th. The site hours will be 8am-2pm on Sunday 9th.”
Infowars is calling on everyone to make their presence known outside the Grove Hotel and send a message to authorities that attempts to stifle free speech and the freedom of the press will not be tolerated.
View the maps which illustrate the security lock down below (click for enlargements), as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary’s memo.