Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Italian museum seeks to protect art

Italy has installed more metal detectors and X-ray machines as part of stepped-up security at cultural sites to protect its artistic treasures from terrorist attacks, the culture minister said Tuesday. He added that Italy's museums were safe. "We have been evaluating in these last weeks the levels of protection, and when there is a potential danger we have introduced stricter security measures." Cultural sites have been the target of attacks in Italy in the past. A Mafia bombing in 1993 tore through a wing of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, killing five people. That same year, explosions also blamed on the Mafia hit a public art gallery in Milan and heavily damaged two art-rich churches in Rome. In at least one case, suspected Islamic terrorists discussed attacking a 12th-century cathedral, the Duomo, in the northern city of Cremona. The suspects were arrested and convicted on terrorism charges earlier this year. Italy heightened its security levels following the July 7 attacks in London, which killed 52 people and four suspected suicide bombers. Security has been stepped up at airports, train stations, embassies and other sensitive sites across the country. Authorities have also focused on Italy's immense artistic heritage, which draws millions of visitors every year. Last month, security was increased at the Colosseum, including metal detectors and closed-circuit TV cameras. Pilgrims and tourists already pass through metal detectors to get into St. Peter's Basilica.


At September 07, 2005 1:32 PM, Blogger Steen said...

Hej - se Skirbekk.

Har mistet din mail på grund af Computer chrash:

Ti tabubelagte tema i indvandringsdebatten

Av Sigurd Skirbekk
Jeg har kalt dette innlegget "Ti tabubelagte temaer i innvandringsdebatten". Med"innvandringsdebatten" tenker jeg da på den offentlige og mediaregulerte debatten fra siste generasjon om innvandring og integrering av folk fra fjernere land og kulturer, ikke på enhver debatt om disse spørsmålene i mer spesielle eller lukkete miljøer. Med "tabu" mener jeg det samme som det som står i leksika om begrepet: en forestilling om at visse ting og spørsmål ikke må omtales eller berøres, fordi dette kunne utløse farlige krefter.

At September 07, 2005 4:37 PM, Blogger Stijn said...

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