Hertfordshire police & Watford council opt for confrontation at Bilderberg 2013

Zardoz tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu May 30 20:15:13 BST 2013

Hertfordshire Police & Watford Council opt for confrontational 
 Bilderberg 2013 

Bilderberg activists criticise "lack of engagement" from police and 
 council after Cassiobury Park event is rejected 

6:00pm Thursday 30th May 2013 in News -  By Ben Endley, Senior 

 Anti-Bilderberg activists have hit out at Watford Borough Council and 
 police after their application to hold a fringe festival event in 
 Cassiobury Park during the controversial conference was turned down. 

 The Bilderberg Welcoming Committee which is looking to organise a 
 "family-oriented festival featuring entertainment including bands, 
 DJs, speakers, public debate, theatre and art. Music genres are folk, 
 jazz, world music and reggae" called the Bilderberg Fringe Festival. 

 Yet, after the application for a Temporary Events Notice (TEN) from 
 June 7 to June 9 had been rejected by Watford Borough Council, the 
 activists accused the council and police of "a lack of engagement". 

 In a joint statement, members of the Bilderberg Welcoming Committee 
 said: "We are disappointed that the Temporary Event Notice for our 
 proposed event in Cassiobury Park is likely to be turned down. 

 "We have worked very closely with police in good faith in order to 
 find a site which would cause minimum disruption to residents, and to 
 the security arrangements around the Grove hotel, but have been 
 frustrated during the last few weeks with a lack of engagement from 
 both council and the police at a higher level. 

 "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 

 "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." 

 Thousands of activists are expected to descend on Watford to protest 
 the secretive and controversial meeting of politicians, billionaire 
 business leaders, media moguls and royals at the The Grove hotel from 
 June 6 to June 9. 

 This is the first time in 15 years the annual meeting has been held 
 in the UK and cabinet minister Ken Clarke, billionaire PayPal owner 
 Peter Thiel and Henri de Castries, the Chairman and CEO of AXA, are 
 expected to be among the attendees. 


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