RCMP step up security for Bush and Clinton Surrey meeting

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The RCMP will be "strategically deployed" to keep #Occupy protesters at bay when former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton meet in Surrey Thursday.

Bush and Clinton will speak to a lunch-time crowd at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.

The two will share their "invaluable perspectives on the new realities facing North America and the world’s major economies" for $599 per person.

The Canadian Press has the story:

VANCOUVER - Mounties will be "strategically deployed'' to watch protests Thursday as controversial former U.S. president George Bush attends an economic summit in British Columbia in the midst of the activist-led Occupy movement.

Several dozen officers are expected to close roads around the Surrey hotel where Bush will engage in a lunch-hour conversation with former U.S. president Bill Clinton, a talk open only to ticket holders.

A justice group will also attempt to launch a private prosecution against Bush in tandem with earlier calls from Amnesty International for the federal government to put him under arrest.

The groups say Bush should be investigated for war crimes and torture under Canadian and international law.

The demand fits in with the wide and varied objectives of the worldwide Occupy demonstrations against corporate greed, which moved from Wall Street to major Canadian and international cities on Saturday.

Organizers cancelled a speech by Bush in Switzerland last February fearing disturbances fuelled by a Geneva-based rights group pushing for his arrest.

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