Olympics 2012: London is starting to look like a militarised zone | Wail Qasim | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
With the Olympics less than a month away, small but noticeable changes are transforming London. Special signs in Olympic pink that guide visitors to venues have appeared, announcements at major London Underground stations have become multilingual and the first of the Olympics traffic lanes have been painted. More immediately disconcerting, however, is the appearance of Royal Military police in London. For those out in Leicester Square last Saturday night the Olympic-prompted mutual aid between the Metropolitan police’s territorial support group and service personnel from the army and Royal Navy police was certainly a startling and confusing sight. It isn’t every day you see patrols by officers in desert camouflage.
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