UK police aim to prevent royal wedding riots

Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:24am EDT
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By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - British police said on Monday they were considering tough measures to prevent disorder at next month's royal wedding amid fears anarchists will target the event following rioting at a weekend protest in London.

Black-clad, masked youths smashed the fronts of shops, banks and the exclusive Ritz hotel and battled riot police during a rampage across the capital, leaving 109 people injured including 56 officers while there were more than 200 arrests.

The anarchist groups had split from a huge protest of more than 250,000 people organized by trade unions against the British government's austerity measures, and there is concern that they will now target Prince William's wedding on April 29.

William is to marry long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to take to the streets to watch the procession through the capital in the glare of the world's media.

There has been some talk of disrupting the wedding on anarchist websites, generating concern that there could be a repeat of the trouble seen at Saturday's protest especially as the marriage will take place on the May Day bank holiday weekend when there has been disorder in the past.


One website has a picture of William and Kate with nooses around their necks under the headline, "Time To Tie The Knot."

"I'm sure the activist community will want to make sure the happy couple remember their special day," it adds.   Continued...

<p>Britain's Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, speak to a wedding florist, during a visit to the Greenmount Agriculture &amp; Food College, in Antrim, Northern Ireland March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Faith/Pool</p>