Segurança apertada em Buenos Aires para a cimeira do G20
November 30, 2018 - December 1, 2018 - A capital argentina está sob fortes medidas de segurança para a cimeira do G20 que reúne os chefes de Estado das 20 maiores economias do mundo.
But security failures that marred a football championship and deeper unrest over an economic austerity programme are now raising concerns about the country's ability to ensure safety.
Around 3,000 soldiers as well as 22,000 police and security agents will guard U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders from the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging nations during the two-day meeting that starts Friday. At least another eight U.S. aircraft and up to 400 American military personnel and civilians are expected to provide security.
Even with beefed up security, however, the Argentine government will inevitably be facing demonstrations that could potentially draw thousands of activists, some of whom might be coming from other parts of the world.
Argentina is the first South American country to host the G-20 summit, and officials have the added challenge of ensuring that chaos is better contained than it was at last year's meeting in Hamburg, Germany.
Earlier in November, two attempted attacks using homemade devices were made on a judge's home as well as the mausoleum of a police chief; false bomb threats on a bank and a train station added to the sense of unease.
Argentines have also taken to the streets in mass in recent weeks to demand solutions to the country's economic crisis and reject government austerity measures implemented in response to currency and inflation problems.
The crisis has forced President Mauricio Macri's government to seek a $56 billion credit line with the International Monetary Fund this year and has been a source of discontent for those who have bad memories of a 2001 crisis when banks froze deposits and people were prohibited from withdrawing their savings.
The government said that the train and subway systems in Buenos Aires will be closed during the meeting, and authorities will cordon off a wide area near where the summit will be held.
An airport located in the city will be exclusively available for officials arriving for the gathering, although the Ezeiza international airport on the outskirts of the city will operate as usual.
The mounting challenge of welcoming the leaders and about 15,000 people has also prompted the Argentine government to stock up on equipment, including bulletproof vehicles, high-powered motorcycles and bomb scanners purchased in China.
In addition, the security ministry has established ways to monitor radiological and nuclear activity, track explosives and reinforce border controls.
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