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We have previously mentioned our assessment that single issue activism is likely to lead to attempts to disrupt the games. In this period several events have underlined this threat:
- Local protests have continued against Dow Chemical, a sponsor that is being targeted due to a predecessor company’s culpability for the Bhopal industrial disaster that killed and maimed people in India.
- Fathers for Justice, the pressure group campaigning for father’s rights to children when families split up, has threatened to carry out attention-grabbing direct actions during the rowing at Eaton Dorney (one of the four main sites outside London, where attention is likely due to Team GB’s track record, and where access may be easier).
- A 'Counter Olympics Network' has been formed by various threat actors, and this is engaged in producing various anti-games material on social media. It has also organised a protest conference on 28 January. The London anarchist collective group 'ALARM' have advertised this conference on their website, giving it credence, and the issue is also understood to have been discussed at that group’s own recent conference.
This last point suggests that some anti-capitalist planning discussion is beginning, which may yet tie into developments related to the Occupy movement. We believe that this could yet emerge into a seriously disruptive issue, and so will continue to report on this trend.