Organizers of the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos have beefed up security after hundreds of climate protesters made their way though snow-covered streets towards the annual gathering of roughly 3,000 global elites and their high-level minions.
According to AP, measures included extra vehicle checks and 'webcam shutdowns,' while the Swiss national authorities have restricted the airspace above the event.
Up to 5,000 troops, fighter jets, ground defense systems and additional radar have also been authorized as part of the enhanced security, as authorities and organizers work from a $9 million budget just for the extra security.
"Various people in the world are under great threat if you can put it that way, and wherever they appear, they deserve commensurate security measures," said Walter Schlegel, the regional police commander (via DevDiscourse), adding "The U.S. president has a big security detail that must be deployed."
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Some activists were forced to reach the event via hiking trails after authorities banned foot traffic on the road between Davos and nearby Klosters.
The protesters, organizing under the hashtags #WorldEconomicFailure and #StrikeWEF, hiked roughly 30 miles from Landquart to Davos.
Colorful, loud and diverse: the winter hike from Landquart to #Davos begins with around 1000 participants ❄️— strike-wef (@strike_wef) January 19, 2020
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"They say they want to make the world better, but for 50 years they haven’t done anything," said Rosalina Mueller, a spokeswoman for the Young Socialists which helped organize the demonstration.