By Geraint Jones
Additional reporting by James Fielding
MI5 ALERT ON BANK RIOTS
TOP secret contingency plans have been drawn up to counter the threat posed by a “summer of discontent” in Britain.
The “double-whammy” of the worst economic crisis in living memory and a motley crew of political extremists determined to stir up civil disorder has led to the extraordinary step of the Army being put on standby.
MI5 and Special Branch are targeting activists they fear could inflame anger over job losses and payouts to failed bankers.
Intelligence sources said the police, backed by MI5, are determined to stay on top of a situation that could spiral out of control as the recession bites deep.
The chilling prospect of soldiers being drafted on to the streets has not been discounted, although it is regarded as a last resort.
What worries emergency planners most is that the middle classes, now struggling to cope with unemployment and repossessions, may take to the streets with the disenfranchised.
Last night Scotland Yard vowed it was ready to face any threat. A source said: “We do have a policing plan in place and we have riot police officers trained for such measures.”
But other senior police leaders fear the force will be unable to cope.
Were that to be the case, the Government has a contingency plan to deploy troops on the streets of Britain’s major cities.
A senior source said: “This is a very real, and very serious, problem.
“I can tell you there have been crisis talks in Whitehall about this.”
The “protest season” is due to begin on April 1 with the G20 Summit in London next month, followed by the 60th anniversary of Nato in Strasbourg a few days later. May Day is also potentially a flashpoint.
Today that anger is focused on the banks, with their bonus culture surviving despite billions being paid in taxpayer bail-outs.
This has fomented in the outrage over news that senior executives will be rewarded for their failure.
Murray Benham, head of campaigns at the UK-based World Development Movement, accused Supt Hartshorn of “scaremongering”.
Comment from the Daily Express’ website:
WHAT’S AT PLAY HERE?
Manufacture a problem, people react predictably (riots etc)……..perfect excuse to get the military on the streets of Britain. All aided by that public demonstration mentality mentality that plays into the elite’s games every time where agent provocateurs are predictably there to spoil the show and ruin it all. What is needed is non cooperation and that is what the elite are most scared of. Bottom line: riots would be a home goal and we would be shooting ourselves in the foot and give them the excuse to police us even more intensely. It’s about time people got out of denial about the agenda that is so damn “in ya face” and obvious now.
– Posted by: Indiana
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