Clifford Chance warn staff over Halloween protest” />Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have warned their Canary Wharf staff of anti-capitalist protestors “dancing on capitalism’s grave” on Halloween night tonight.
The event, which is billed as non-violent on one website associated with the protest, commences on the plazas directly across from A&O and Clifford Chance’s offices, on Bank Street and Upper Bank Street respectively.
It will include several loosely affiliated groups, one of which at www.graveyard.at has invited all “witches and wizards to be with us in full costume for a solemn mortuary ritual… dancing on the grave of capitalism” from 5 pm. The site advises attendees to bring “magic wands”.
Clifford Chance warned staff on its intranet pages: “The protest is peaceful, but it will be noisy and lights may be projected onto various buildings. The protesters may also be dressing up in Hallowe’en costumes and ‘trick or treating’ passers-by.”
It added: “If you are leaving during the early part of this period, you may wish to use the shopping mall entrance to the Tube this evening to avoid any harassment.”
Lehman Brothers and other large corporates in the area have been reported to be organising countermeasures in case demonstrators try to storm their buildings.
A&O’s co-head of banking Stephen Kensell is today based in the firm’s Canary Wharf offices and said that he was not worried. “It is supposed to be a peaceful protest. We’ve obviously made our staff aware of this thing and to take sensible precautions.”
There will be a heavy presence of Canary Wharf security and the Metropolitan Police.