Most plan business as usual, despite threat of street violence People working in businesses near the expected World Trade Organisation protest hot spots yesterday were largely philosophical about the prospect of disruption - although some said they would flee at the first sign of violence. They were speaking a day after the South China Morning Post reported that companies near the venue for December's WTO ministerial conference venue had been told police were preparing for the worst and warned not to schedule important deals around that time. Those near likely protest targets, such as premises occupied by multinational firms, have also been warned to be on the alert for trouble. Wan Chai snack shop owner Lee Ka-fai was confident that life would continue as usual during the conference. 'If [riots] come during the day then there is nothing I can do. As for the night, we'd be closed anyway,' said Mr Lee, whose shop is next to a McDonald's restaurant on Hennessy Road. Mr Lee, who is aware of the violent protests that occurred at previous WTO conferences, said he was not concerned about a repeat in Hong Kong and that suspending business during the conference period had not crossed his mind. The manager of a digital goods store near the McDonald's outlet said he did not expect trouble during the WTO conference and the company would not beef up security arrangements. 'The shop is already heavily insured because of its location on the ground floor,' said Li Koon-man. Nevertheless, the company would send representatives to any security seminars or briefings that the government arranged. 'I wouldn't be the only one affected even if there was any trouble,' said Tracy Wat, who works at a cafe in the Great Eagle Centre, opposite the Convention and Exhibition Centre. But she was concerned about a possible loss of trade during the conference period, even though the cafe would continue business as usual. Others were more worried. 'If [rioters] come I'll pull down the shutters immediately. I just make a tiny salary and it's not worth becoming cannon fodder,' said a woman serving at a herbal tea house opposite an HSBC branch in Wan Chai, who did not want to be named. A colleague, who also asked to remain anonymous, said she hoped the police would strengthen their presence in the area during the conference. 'But I've also seen on TV that in past conferences even the police got attacked,' she added.