"In the days leading up to the wedding, numerous squats and social centers were raided, and their inhabitants detained, by large squads of police. In addition, a member of the Love Police street theater group was detained for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and breach of the peace. The police activity was pitched as deterring anarchists from crashing the royal party. It’s unclear how much the police believe the sanctity of the marriage spectacle was threatened versus how much the raids were a pretext used to disrupt the state’s opposition. Of course, either way an arm of the security-industrial complex needs to find threats to justify its budget."