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Brit Police Move To Protect Queen

May 10, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Scotland Yard confirmed Wednesday that police fear the anarchists who rampaged through central London on May Day now plan to target Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family.

Police plan to step up security arrangements when the queen opens the new Tate Modern museum Thursday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens told the Daily Mail. They also are concerned about riots during Queen Mother Elizabeth’s 100th birthday celebrations in August, he said.

``What they’re going to be targeting now is the queen and the royal family, so we have more difficult times coming. They are anarchists and they want the royal family dismantled,″ Stevens said. ``I think one of the royal family could be at risk.″

Scotland Yard confirmed the commissioner’s quotes, but declined to provide details about specific security arrangements.

A group calling itself Movement Against the Monarchy has urged demonstrators to protest outside the Tate Modern.

The group also has called for demonstrations outside Buckingham Palace on June 3, the anniversary of the queen’s coronation, and for a similar protest outside the Queen Mother’s house on her 100th birthday.

Ninety-five people were arrested May 1 after a peaceful protest against global capitalism degenerated into thousands of demonstrators rampaging through central London, vandalizing several memorials and trashing a McDonald’s restaurant.

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