Interior Minister reassures Milan.
Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, responsible for policing and security issues, has responded to doubts about safety at Milan’s Expo 2015 with robust reassurances.
“At ten days from the opening, I’m here to tell you that everything necessary has been done to ensure that the great event can take place in safety,” he said, adding that security measures would cover both anti-terrorism and public order issues.
Referring to the protest demonstrations announced by the “No Expo” movement, planned alongside the Expo opening on 1 May, Alfano promised efforts to ensure that all those who wanted to would be able to celebrate international labour day and to stop “those who wanted to spoil the festival.”
Speaking to the press in Milan on Tuesday 21 April the minister said that almost 3,800 reinforcements will be deployed to work alongside local police during the exposition,
Almost 500 locations classified as “sensitive objectives” will be covered by civilian police and military personnel, he stated.
Going into detail, Alfano said the extra police officers would number 2,558, while the extra military personnel would be 1,238, of whom 600 have already been working in Milan since mid-April.
Alfano also went into detail on the measures being taken to exclude organised crime, saying “everything possible” was being done to protect the “great event” from corruption. He listed 79 refusals issued against 54 companies seeking to be involved in Expo, as well as seven rejections of applications to be added to the “white list” of suppliers, and over a hundred inspections of construction sites and checks on over a thousand suppliers.