London: Security was beefed up at Wimbledon after a group of protesters tried to stage a demonstration in the grounds.
Democracy campaigners from 15M London, which has a movement in Spain, where it was born — attempted to smuggle banners and tins of paint inside SW19 where it was feared they would target a high-profile match, The Sun reports.
Police said they believed the 14 members of the group, which is linked to the mass protests in Spain, planned to target the match between world number one Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller on court one.
The group reportedly attempted to smuggle banners and tins of paint inside the Wimbledon grounds, where it was feared they would target a high-profile match.
Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club, said he did not know whether the championships would be targeted again but security has been increased.
“For all we know, we have to be prepared for people coming back in on Monday. We have to be prepared for every eventuality. We have tried to do everything we can and will continue to monitor it hour by hour,” Ritche was quoted as saying by The Sun.
15M London put a message on its website saying: ‘Important: don``t go to Wimbledon — mission aborted.’
The activists describe themselves as ‘a movement of outraged citizens’ fighting for people rather than economic powers.