Security tight for World Economic Forum in Davos

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) is scheduled for 23-27 January 2008 in the Grisons resort of Davos, which is located approximately 60 mi/95 km southeast of Zurich. Security for the event has been tightened in recent years due to fears of a terrorist attack against high profile participants, as well as because of violence during anti-globalization demonstrations in the past. Road closures and other area restrictions will be in place for the summit, with most lasting from 21 to 27 January. Special restrictions on demonstrations that require advanced notification will also be in effect in Davos from 19-27 January. Due to the strict security measures enacted for the event in the area surrounding Davos, demonstrations and protests will likely be organized in other Swiss cities, including Bern, Geneva and Zurich.

Demonstrations and clashes between protesters and security forces have occurred during the WEF in the past, but most demonstrations have taken place without serious incident in recent years. The World Social Forum -- a grouping of NGOs, academics and activists -- has called for a worldwide day of protest on 26 January. A protest organized by the Alliance for Global Resistance is also planned in Bern on 19 January, while the Green Party of Davos will stage a demonstration on 26 January at the Davos Dorf train station. Additional protests are also possible. Officials do not anticipate extensive violence at the demonstrations in 2008, but travelers should avoid these events as a precautionary measure. There have been no terrorist threats made against Switzerland or the WEF of late. Given this and the high level of security during the event, the likelihood of a terrorist attack in Davos during the event -- while it cannot be excluded -- is low. (17 Jan 2008)

Source: IMG Solutions