Anon | 13.12.2007 23:06 | Anti-militarism
As well as taking on the bar one person managed to walk through the hotel and found the rooms which the NATO delegates were staying (rooms 206 +). He/she unfurled a banner and hung it on a banister facing the hall-way, before leaving the building without the police even registering there was anything amiss.
Outside, simultaneously, protestors unfurled a banner and started singing songs. Minutes later vans of police arrived to deal with this embarrassing situation by moving everyone across the street away from the Hilton entrance. "You're allowed to have your protest, just over the other side of the road." Officer A 2447 was particularly rough when escorting people across the street. They then erected a barrier as a designated protest zone.
The protestors decided that standing in a pen wasn't much fun and tried to leave, but the evidence gathering police turned up and made sure that everyone in grabbing distance was pushed back into the pen to have their names and addresses taken (but some got away). They were unsure which law, if any, gave them this right, but didn't really seem to care.
All in all, they seemed chaotic, confused and slow to react. Security was laughable. Will tomorrows conference be any different? This reporter recons that anyone with a fancy car will have little problem driving right in.