LISBON – PORTUGUESE authorities have launched an unprecedented security operation ahead of this week’s Nato summit to avoid a repeat of the violence that marred the alliance’s last top gathering in France.
Since Tuesday, Portugal’s borders have been patrolled by police and helicopters to thwart extremist groups from launching protests.
Dozens of foreigners have been turned away from border crossings in recent days, most for immigration irregularities not connected to the November 19-20 summit.
In Lisbon, heavy security has been in place since Monday at the Nations’ Park venue outside the capital where leaders of 60 countries and organisations will meet over two days. Around 5,000 delegates and journalists are expected to attend.
Around 7,000 security officers will be on duty between the venue and the city centre, where anti-Nato demonstrations are planned for Saturday.
The main demonstration, set for Saturday afternoon, has been organised by around 100 pacifist associations, unions and the Portuguese Communist Party. — AFP