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Anarchist threat grows as countdown to London 2012 begins

July 24, 2011 - London

London Olympics organisers believe there is a greater threat of disruption to the Games from anarchist protesters than Islamist terrorism.

According to The Independent, planners of the sporting event are braced for widespread disruption to transport, security by groups such as UK Uncut, which led the student-fees protests last year.

Olympics sources say the Games are a likely target for anarchists because of the heavy corporate sponsorship of the events.

Firms, including Lloyds TSB, Adidas, British Airways, BT, Deloitte and EDF are paying a total of 1.4 billion pounds, and insiders fear that specially designated traffic lanes for dignitaries on roads leading into the Olympic Village at Stratford, East London, could be blocked by UK Uncut "flash mobs".

Earlier this month the terror threat to the UK was lowered from "severe" to "substantial".

While there remains a "strong possibility" of an attack from militant Islamists, police resources have shifted towards anarchists and anti-government movements after the series of anti-cuts protests on the streets of London, and elsewhere in Britain, over the past 12 months.

rganisers and police are keen to keep security at a discreet level to create a "party atmosphere" in London for the Games.

Building on 2012's "World in One City" slogan, parts of London will be transformed into mini-versions of competing countries.

Sixteen nations have so far signed up to high-profile locations, from Marble Arch to Somerset House, to showcase their countries and cultures.

Authorities have reason to be vigilant. The 7/7 attacks on London occurred less than 24 hours after London won the bid in 2005.

The security budget has risen from 600 million pounds to 757 million pounds.

A high-security Northern Retail Lifeline will be carved through the Olympic Park, including a military-style road with an electrified fence, emergency roadblocks and steel barriers.


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