Italy is on maximum alert for the Treaty of Rome anniversary following the London terrorist attack
Following Wednesday’s evil attack in London, the Italian capital has increased the number of security staff and imposed a ban on drones.
Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said: “Italy will further strengthen checks in areas with large influxes of people."
He added, as quoted by The Local: “All the police and intelligence officers will be engaged non-stop in the anti-terrorism front, in order to identify every source of possible risk."
Italian police on guard near Vatican City ahead of the Treaty of Rome anniversary demonstrations
Less than 24 hours after the appalling attack in London which left five people dead and 40 injured, Italian politicians called an emergency meeting of the country’s counter-terrorism analysis committee (CASA).
Italy will further strengthen checks in areas with large influxes of people
Marco Minniti – Italian Interior Minister
As countries try to determine how to prevent similar scenarios occurring Italy have decided to boost its security, especially in Rome, for the upcoming anniversary weekend.
Italy’s capital will host 40 European heads of state and government representatives this Saturday to celebrate 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome.
The 1957 agreement established the European Economic Community (EEC), which later gave rise to the European Union.
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Rome will be facing a lockdown across the city with major tourist attractions being closed at 7pm local time on Friday through into Saturday night.
As part of the security measures the Italian capital will be divided into zones, each having its own level of security with some only allowing in residents after they pass security checkpoints.
The city will have 5,000 officers from across Italy brought in as reinforcements to help guard and monitor the festivities over the weekend.
Rome will be divided into zones each having its own level of security
The threat of terrorism in Italy currently stands at level two, it only increases to a higher level if the country is in a state of war.
Yesterday officials also decided to introduce a special taskforce that will monitor ‘suspicious’ online profiles, who will be responsible for intercepting and decoding messages referring to terrorist activity or other types of disturbances in the Italian capital.
This taskforce will be assisted by police in other EU states, which will also monitor and share any suspicious content with reference to Saturday’s celebrations.