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Rome approves security plan for Jubilee of Mercy

2015-11-20

After the attacks in Paris, security has stepped up throughout Rome. It's brought confusion and inconviences for many residents.

False alarms casued by abandoned bags or suitcases have led to Metro stops being closed in the capital. The events have disrupted people's commutes and forced some tourists out of particular areas in Rome.


NICOLÒ D'ANGELO
Chief of Police, Rome
"If we get an anonymous tip that there is a bomb, I think we have a duty to go to find out what it is... How many times we will have to close portions of the subway because protocol calls for it is not something that we can predict.”


This recent increase in security measures coincides with a preexisting security plan will be launched in Rome before the Jubilee of Mercy, which begins on December 8th. 

During the Holy Year, flights over the massive celebrations at the Vatican will be banned. The use of drones is prohibited and police patrols will step up from the center of Rome all the way to its outskirts.

More security cameras, especially in Metro stations, will appear. And tougher security will be put in at airports and major tourist spots like St. Peter's Basilica and soccer stadiums.


FRANCO GABRIELLI
Delegate, Rome Government
"There is a climate of concern and that would add to the confusion...No one denies our country is a possible target...But usually, almost always, it is never as bad as the critics make it seem to be.”

Both the Italian and Vatican authorities agree that so far none of the events planned on the agenda will be canceled.


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