Beware! OTAN is coming

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Beware! OTAN is coming

The world’s war-mongers are coming to town in a few weeks time to have a bit of a knees-up, and (on the 3rd and 4th of April) as the worlds most armed nations come together to celebrate their sixtieth anniversary, the people of Strasbourg are to be treated to ‘restrained’ circulation, limited parking spaces, closed shops, schools and leisure facilities as well as restricted access to medical care.

I’ve heard that local residents will be barred from their own homes (within an unspecified security ‘zone’) unless they register with the police for an official pass, and the entire UNESCO central isle will be a no-go area.

Security services are preparing to deal with the wave of demonstrations by canvas-shoed hippies, rioting lefty students and running street battles with pacifist-anarchists. Anyone daring to look suspicious AND Arabic will be strip-searched at gunpoint and treated to high-pressure hosing, rubber bullets and tear gas for good measure.

It’s marvellous to be part of the free world isn’t it?

By | 2009-03-07T13:43:14+00:00 March 7th, 2009|Strasbourg|7 Comments

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  1. Bart March 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    A friend just told me that the CIA are already in town to observe the locals. Scary.

    I’m now wondering whether I’ll get a visit from the thought-police just for writing this blog?!

  2. Matt Harle March 10, 2009 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Howard, Are you in the restricted zone? I have been told by a friend who lives near us both that she is, but have heard nothing myself. Perhaps this is an opportunity for a long weekend skiing!!!

  3. Bart March 11, 2009 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Apparently only subscribers to DNA are privvy to this information, as there isn’t even any indication of the zones on either the city or prefecture websites. It seems we will just have to rely on rumour and the green number.

  4. Matt Harle March 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I finally got through on the green number – it seems that I am not, so i imagine that you aren’t either.

  5. Chris March 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Think I’ll get my Afghan outfit out.

  6. Andrew March 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    It’s only the existence of NATO (You say OTAN, I say NATO) which kept us free. CIA arrived, what makes you think they weren’t here all along? I think they might have more important things to do than visit bloggers…….

  7. Bart March 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    That’s exactly the point I was making Andrew – i.e. while we might owe our post-war freedom to NATO it is without a sense of irony that when they come to town – the very first thing they do is restrict our freedoms.

    If the CIA have been here all along then I’d like to think that Interpol are equally penetrating the darkest recesses of the United States for similar reasons. But I have a feeling this is not the case.

    Anyway – the conjecture and heresay can end becuase the security zone information has finally been published on strasbourg.eu

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