Bucharest braces for NATO summit
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Preparations for the NATO summit to be held between April 2 and 4 have brought Romania's capital to a standstill. As police take all measures to guarantee security in the streets, abandoned youths are forced into hiding. (Report: M.Bran)
NATO fever is gripping the city of Bucharest, as the Romanian capital prepares to host the next summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) between April 2 and 4. But with the streets of
“It will be a nightmare, a very big disaster,” explains a driver stuck in the capital’s congested streets. The American delegation alone will account for more than a 1,000 people, leaving little room for others in
Romanian authorities have spared no means to ensure the summit is a success. For them, the event provides a unique opportunity to showcase the country’s Western ambitions.
Since it joined NATO in 2004, Romania has drawn steadily closer to its former Cold War nemesis, the United States. Romanian troops are currently present in Afghanistan, and have been fighting alongside US forces in Iraq since the war began in 2003. In return, Washington has pushed hard for the NATO summit to take place in Bucharest.
“This is going to be the biggest event ever organized in
Not surprisingly, security is a top priority. Border security has been tight and days before the start of the summit, six alleged anti-NATO activists who tried to enter
Leaving nothing to chance, police in
“They rounded us up and left us in a field, with nothing to eat or drink,” a young man told us in a crowded sewer-turned-bedroom. “They simply abandoned us there.”
Meanwhile, outside in the daylight, the Romanian Army continues its march towards the Western dream.
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