The last edition of the Monitor published details of a threat by Fathers for Justice against the rowing at Eton Dorney. Single-issue groups have taken on more prominence in this period, with increased discussion over the Occupy movement as a potential threat. This is in part due to the Home Secretary’s comments at a recent conference, at which she indicated that measures were being taken to add tents and other camping equipment to the list of banned items for Olympic venues. Further targeted actions are expected in an attempt to prevent the movement from significantly affecting the games.
Given the continued anti-consumerist agenda of the Occupy movement, and the trend towards the conflation of animal, environmental and human liberation as causes, Occupiers certainly do pose a very real threat, which may tie up significant security effort despite the anticipated pre-emptive moves (see later in this Report). Whilst the UK movement seems largely focused on attempting to maintain physical occupations as a symbol of the movement, US groups have embraced the “Occupy 2.0” trend of more adaptive, innovative and targeted roving protests. Whilst efforts to move Occupiers out of existing camps will almost certainly be aggressively pursued over the coming weeks, the point is that the loss of permanent encampments does not equal the negation of the threat – in fact the converse is possible, since losing the focus on a particular piece of ground actually allows the movement to be more agile and original in direct actions.