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Friday 19 December 2014

Security tightened ahead of summit

GENEVA - JUNE 2:  A couple kiss near a phalanx of German riot police June 2, 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland ahead of that year's G8 summit, the first since the war on Iraq. As the G8 comes to Lough Erne, Fermanagh next week, security is being significantly stepped up at sites around Northern Ireland as protests are expected to take place
GENEVA - JUNE 2: A couple kiss near a phalanx of German riot police June 2, 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland ahead of that year's G8 summit, the first since the war on Iraq. As the G8 comes to Lough Erne, Fermanagh next week, security is being significantly stepped up at sites around Northern Ireland as protests are expected to take place
The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland observes the final G8 security arrangements at the Lough Erne resort outside Enniskillen
Police officers including members of the PSNI undergo riot training including the use of dog handlers at Longmoor Army Camp ahead of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland
Perspex on the windows at Belfast City Hall ahead of the G8 that will take place next week at Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Perspex covers have been applied to the Belfast City Hall windows to protect from potential G8 Riots
L'AQUILA, ITALY - JULY 10: Protestors hold banners during a protest against the G8 summit during the third day of the international meeting on July 10, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy. The talks are being held close to the site of a devastating earthquake in April of this year. The leaders are expected to discuss climate change, global security and the global recession. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
L'AQUILA, ITALY - JULY 10: Protestors hold a banner during a protest against the G8 summit on the third day of the international meeting on July 10, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy. The talks are being held close to the site of a devastating earthquake in April of this year. The leaders are expected to discuss climate change, global security and the global recession. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
L'AQUILA, ITALY - JULY 10: Demonstrators walk past an eartquake damaged car during a protest against the G8 summit on the third day of the international meeting on July 10, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy. The talks are being held close to the site of a devastating earthquake in April of this year. The leaders are expected to discuss climate change, global security and the global recession. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
TOKYO - JULY 09: Iranians living in Japan protest against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's win at the Iranian presidential election on July 9, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. Leaders attending the G8 summit in L'Aquila have expressed serious concern over the aftermath of the Iranian presidential elections and nuclear weapon development. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
ROME - JULY 08: A union member shouts slogans during a protest against government policies on July 8, 2009 in Rome. Protests and demonstrations are expected across Italy as world leaders attending the G8 summit are expected to discuss tackling world hunger and the global reduction of greenhouse gases. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
ROME - JULY 07: Protestors throw stones to journalists from a track of Termini station during a protest against a G8 summit on July 7, 2009 in Rome. Protests and demonstrations are expected across Italy as world leaders attending the G8 summit are expected to discuss tackling world hunger and the global reduction of greenhouse gases. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
SOBETSU, JAPAN - JULY 08: Anti-G8 activists joustle with police as they march near the G8 Summit site on July 8, 2008 in Date, Hokkaido, Japan. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit is taking place at Lake Toya from July 7. Protesters from all over the world are expected to demonstrate near the area. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
SOBETSU, JAPAN - JULY 08: Anti-G8 activists protest as they march near the G8 Summit site on July 8, 2008 in Date, Hokkaido, Japan. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit is taking place at Lake Toya from July 7. Protesters from all over the world are expected to demonstrate near the area. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
SOBETSU, JAPAN - JULY 08: Anti-G8 activists protest as they march near the G8 Summit site on July 8, 2008 in Date, Hokkaido, Japan. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit is taking place at Lake Toya from July 7. Protesters from all over the world are expected to demonstrate near the area. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
SAPPORO, JAPAN - JULY 08: Anti-G8 activists march during a rally at the Odori Park on July 8, 2008 in Saporro, Japan. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit takes place at Lake Toya from July 7. Protesters from all over the world are expected to demonstrate near the area. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
SAPPORO, JAPAN - JULY 05: Activists march to protest against the G8 Summit at Odori Park on July 5, 2008 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. 5000 people participated in the demonstration where 4 people were arrested. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit will take place at Lake Toya from July 7. Protesters from all over the world expect to demonstrate near the area. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
SAPPORO, JAPAN - JULY 04: Anti-G8 Summit protesters demonstrate in central Sapporo on July 4, 2008 in Sapporo, Japan. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit will take place at Lake Toya from July 7. Protesters from all over the world expect to demonstrate near the area. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
SAPPORO, JAPAN - JULY 04: Anti-G8 Summit protesters demonstrate in central Sapporo on July 4, 2008 in Sapporo, Japan. The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit will take place at Lake Toya from July 7. Protesters from all over the world expect to demonstrate near the area. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
TOKYO - JUNE 29: Anti-G8 Protesters demonstrate at Tokyo Shinjuku area on June 29, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. G8 Toyako Summit takes place from July 7 to 9 in Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
TOKYO - JUNE 29: Anti-G8 Protesters demonstrate at Tokyo Shinjuku area on June 29, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. G8 Toyako Summit takes place from July 7 to 9 in Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
BAD DOBERAN, GERMANY - JUNE 06: A riot policeman kicks an activist of the anti G8 forum Block G8 as they protest in a field on June 06, 2007 near Rethwisch close to Heiligendamm. The activists are protesting against the global politics of the G8 members at the G8 summit from June 06 until June 08 in Heiligendamm (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BOERGERENDE, GERMANY - JUNE 06: Riot police block the beach near Heiligendamm on June 6, 2007, in Boergerende, Germany. Thousands of G8 opponents continue to stage colourful and peaceful protests against the G8 summit while politicians in Germany have requested tough police action and crackdowns on violent demonstrators following last Saturday's riots that left more than 1,000 injured, according to police figures. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
ROSTOCK, GERMANY - JUNE 05: Demonstrators, disguised as Guantanamo prisonesr protest against torture on June 5, 2007, in Rostock Warnemuende, Germany. Thousands of G8 opponents continue to stage colorful and peaceful protests against the G8 summit while politicians in Germany have requested tough police action and crackdowns on violent demonstrators following last Saturday's riots that left more than 1,000 injured, according to police figures. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
ROSTOCK, GERMANY - JUNE 04: A demonstrator dressed up as a clown talks to riot police during a protest against the migration policies of the G8 states and racism in general on June 4, 2007 in Rostock, Germany. The leaders of G8 nations will meet for a summit at nearby Heiligendamm later in the week, and thousands of protesters have arrived in the area to demonstrate. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: A protester clashes with a riot policeman on July 4 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The protest is one of several organised protests that lead up to the G8 Summit which begins on July 6 in Gleneagles (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: A protester falls in front of riot police on July 4 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The protest is one of several organised protests that lead up to the G8 Summit which begins on July 6 in Gleneagles (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: Protesters fight with police in Princes Street on July 4 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland. The protest is one of several organised protests that lead up to the G8 Summit which takes place on the 6th in Gleneagles. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 4: A protesters is detained by police officers on Princes Street on July 4 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The protest is one of several organised protests that lead up to the G8 Summit which begins on July 6 in Gleneagles. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 4: A protesters waves a flower at police officers on Princes Street on July 4 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The protest is one of several organised protests that lead up to the G8 Summit which begins on July 6 in Gleneagles. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: Police confront protesters on Princes Street July 4 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The protest is one of several organised protests that lead up to the G8 Summit which begins on July 6 in Gleneagles. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: Police confront protesters on Princes Street July 4 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The protest is one of several organised protests that lead up to the G8 Summit which begins on July 6 in Gleneagles. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 02: Protestors march during the Make Poverty History protest march on July 2, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland. Scotland's capital city hosted thousands of protesters who are aiming to surround the city in a ring of white ahead of The G8 Summit to call on world leaders to write off debt. All police leave has been cancelled to cope with the expected 250,000 protestors taking part in the Make Poverty History march. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: Police officers hold back demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during the protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: Demonstrators protest against the G8/G20 summits June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during the protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: A police officer chases a girl during protest against the G8/G20 summits in Queen's Park June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The protestors were forced by police from the park back into the downtown streets. Earlier in the day store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during a protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: Demonstrators head into the downtown streets after being pushed out of Queen's Park by police during the G20 summit June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during the protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: Police officers hold back demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during the protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: Police officers push back and use their battons to strike demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits on June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during the protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka from June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: Police officers arrest a demonstrator who was protesting the G8/G20 summits on June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during the protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka from June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 25: Police officers hold back demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits June 25, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The protest was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 25: Demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits march though downtown June 25, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The protest was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TORONTO - JUNE 25: Hundreds of demonstrators march near the campus of the University of Toronto on the eve of the G20 Summit June 25, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. June 25, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The protests come amid heavy police presence as G8 world leaders met today, with G20 finance ministers meeting tomorrow. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Parliament Buildings at Stormont will have round-the-clock guards during the G8 conference

Police protection of landmark sites across Belfast has been tightened in advance of the G8 conference in Northern Ireland.

Some of the properties including the Parliament Buildings at Stormont will have round-the-clock guards.

Thousands of PSNI officers backed up by 3,600 specially trained public order police from England and Wales will be patrolling the streets to deter hard-line anti capitalist anarchists and dissident republicans from launching an attack.

"We are protecting the iconic sites from those extreme anarchist elements who may come to Belfast to try to seek to de-stabilise the G8 event and the same time protect iconic sites from any dissident republicans," said PSNI Superintendent Alan McCrum, who is in charge of the Belfast policing operation.

Banks, building societies and key business like the Waterfront Hall, the £90 million Titanic centre and political hubs such as Belfast City Hall will also have increased security.

The threat from dissident republican terrorists who have been waging a campaign of violence against the security forces in Northern Ireland was reclassified by the Home Office as severe. It is feared some elements may seize the opportunity presented by the G8 to gain global publicity.

"Clearly because there is an increased number of police officers deployed across the city this week that heightens our concerns," added Mr McCrum.

The leaders of the world's eight wealthiest countries including Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel are due to meet at the luxury Lough Erne resort in Co Fermanagh for the two-day conference next week. US president Barack Obama is to visit parts of Belfast ahead of the summit.

Estimates for the numbers of protesters in Belfast have been revised from 40,000 to around 10,000. Police have also played down the likelihood of violence and said they have adopted a relaxed attitude towards a rally by the Irish Congress for Trade Unions (ICTU) and family day organised by the IF (Enough Food For Everyone) Campaign in Belfast on Saturday.

Mr McCrum said: "At this point in time there is nothing to suggest to us there is going to be any particular difficulties or challenges in the city. We are content to facilitate lawful, peaceful protest but we will deal with any individuals or groups who would seek to infiltrate lawful protest to damage property or create public disorder."

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