LONDON (AFP) – Anarchist militants who clashed with British police during Saturday’s march against public sector cuts will “deliberately target” next month’s royal wedding, a senior policeman told Monday’s Telegraph.
Commander Bob Broadhurst, head of public order for London’s Metropolitan Police force, said groups who vandalised shops and landmarks during Saturday’s protest would aim to disrupt the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“Yesterday reinforced the fact that there does appear to be an appetite out there to endorse violence,” the policeman told the broadsheet newspaper.
“The concern for me is that they do what they did … in central London and divert resources away from my security plan and take our eye off the ball security wise,” he added.
The senior officer warned those “deliberately targeting” the royal event that the force would have “different powers” on the day of the wedding, including the ability to close roads and stop-and-search powers.
More than 200 people were arrested following Saturday’s clashes, in which 31 police officers were injured.