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Massive Protests To Welcome Bush To Britain

Massive Protests To Welcome Bush's Landmark Visit to Britain

Anti-war protesters continued their preparations on Monday for US President George W Bush's visit to London on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to take part in protests against the American presidential visit to Britain this week.

Peace and anti-war demonstrators, as well as British Muslim groups are reportedly continuing their talks with the British authorities about proposed routes through the capital for protest marches against Bush's visit, mainly related to the US-led campaign in Iraq.

Security forces are on high alert, and an estimated 700 US secret service agents will accompany Bush during his three-day tour.

As a sign of increased security, armed British police were patrolling the streets of central London over the weekend and checking vehicles near Buckingham Palace.

London's Metropolitan Police has cancelled leave during Bush's visit, Tuesday to Friday, and plans to have 5,000 officers on duty in what will be one of the city's largest security operations.

Founded in 1865, the Secret Service employs 2,100 agents who are trained in physical protection techniques, sharp shooting, emergency medical care.

During their training, agents also have to agree to "take a bullet" for the president. Congress directed the agency to protect the US president following the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

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Al-Manar TV statement: “A Lebanese TV station that aims to preserve the islamic values and to enhance the civilized role of the Arab and Islamic Community.

“Al-Manar is the first Arab establishment to stage an effective psychological warfare against the Zionist enemy.

“Political, cultural and social affairs are of special importance o the station's programs. Most important is the struggle with the Zionist enemy. In its course of work, Al-Manar focuses on live talk shows and dialogue programs in which it makes sure to bring out different thoughts and beliefs, in addition to the participation of the viewers in the dialogues.

“The Station was licensed by the Lebanese government in 1997.”

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