Bilderberg Meeting Draws Protests, Media Coverage
The secretive Bilderberg meetings that took place June 6-9 at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, England, drew protesters from around the world and seemingly unprecedented amounts of media coverage in the international press--a stark contrast with decades of near-total silence surrounding the controversial annual gathering of some of the planet's most powerful figures in politics, business, military, academia, banking, and more. As usual, however, virtually nothing is known publicly about the agenda or what went on behind the veil of secrecy surrounding the entire conference.
This year, as at other Bilderberg gatherings in recent years, throngs of protesters--primarily from the United Kingdom but others hailing from all over the world--greeted summit attendees with a wide assortment of complaints and insults. Among the anti-Bilderberg demonstrators were members of the European Parliament, British lawmakers, and even a former U.K. environment minister who is hoping that the British House of Commons will seek answers to the many questions surrounding the conference.
British Member of Parliament Michael Meacher, with the Labor Party, for example, was with critics and said the secrecy around the conference was -utterly anti-democratic" and should be urgently investigated by authorities. The MP also said he did not believe participants were attending just for tea and coffee.
In recent years, multiple legislators and politicians have started to demand transparency and accountability from participants. Two years ago, Italian Member of the European Parliament Mario Borghezio even attempted to force his way into the conference on the first day. He was reportedly detained and roughed up by police.
Center-right Parliamentarian Dominique Baettig, with Switzerland's largest political party, also tried to barge in. In 2011, when the confab was held at a Swiss hotel, he asked prosecutors to consider arresting attendees such as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for war crimes. He also suggested that Swiss officials at the event should be charged with treason, echoing concerns of critics around the world.
Still, Western leaders attend the meetings with impunity. British Prime Minister David Cameron, for example, attended the meetings this year despite not having his name on the original list of participants released by Bilderberg.
While he was hardly alone, Cameron's appearance seems to have sparked the loudest public outcry, with Britons outraged that their top supposed "public servants" were meeting with foreign governments, bankers, and CEOs behind closed doors. A spokesman for the British prime minister said the meeting was "private" so details would not be released. …