UK to ban Occupy camps as Olympics near
Islam Times - Britain's Home Office has announced plans to prevent Occupy movement's protesters from setting up camps ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
British Home Secretary Theresa May has given the green light to London 2012 organizers and the British police to make use of 'all available' powers and remove encampments set up by the Occupy protesters.
Olympic Games has become a blessing for the British government as British officials are to use it as an excuse to further crack down on anti-capitalist protesters.
“We have seen in recent months encampments taking place around London and elsewhere. I think it is right that we said to ourselves 'do we need to do anything extra in relation to the Olympics to ensure we can strengthen our policy to deal with this?'” said May.
Furthermore, May ensured the organizers of the international sporting events that their actions would be backed by 'rapid follow-up action by the police … using all available powers to remove encampments and equipment.'
“I have stressed to the police that they must act swiftly in support of London 2012 organizers,” she added.
As the British government continues to crack down on anti-capitalist protesters under the pretext of providing security during the Olympic Games, its spending cuts have left the British police with the least number of officers in a decade.
The Guardian revealed on Thursday that the number of British police officers fell by 6,000 during the 12 months to September 2011.
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