Massive protests to welcome Bush in UK
The Times of India
RASHMEE Z. AHMED
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2003 07:05:28 PM ]
The demonstrations are expected to be the largest Bush has faced so far, post-Iraq.
But Blair, who himself newly faces fierce criticism from British voters for being too close to Bush, dared the anti-war protestors to do their worst.
"Protest if you will," Blair taunted anti-war protestors at an annual foreign policy jamboree here. "That is your democratic right. Attack the decision to go to war But accept that the task is not to argue about what has been, but to make what is happening now work "
Four-million pounds of British taxpayers' money, nearly 4,000 British bobbies and 250 well-armed US secret servicemen have been deployed to protect Bush during a visit widely described as a "security and logistical nightmare". American analysts have already taken to British television screens to admit London presents one of Bush's biggest hurdles in daring and winning over world public opinion.
London's anti-war mayor, Ken Livingstone, has already insisted protestors must
have as much freedom as possible on the streets of the British capital.