5,000 Swiss Army Troops Will Protect World’s Billionaires During Annual Davos Boondoggle
With a new wave of terrorism, mass shootings and unprecedented social violence around the globe now a part of the daily routine for billions of people across both developed and developing nations, one group wants to be certain there is no chance of “close encounters”, violent or otherwise, with the peasantry during its upcoming annual boondoggle at the World Economic Forum in Davos. According to Swissinfo, when the world’s billionaires land their private jets in the gorgeous Swiss town (which at 1,560 m is also the highest town in Europe) on January 20, they will have up to 5,000 Swiss army troops protecting them.
As a result, the Swiss army has begun on-site preparations for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos.
Swissinfo reports that the head of the canton Graubünden police force, Walter Schlegel, who is responsible for the operation overall, said back in December that his anti-terror resources had already been at maximum capacity since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, and that expanding them was “not even possible”.
As it turns out, someone made a phone call to the right people, and promptly parliament gave its approval for an upper limit of 5,000 soldiers to help with the WEF meeting from January 15-25.
In response to a question from the German-language newspaper Südostschweiz as to whether there would be a heightened security presence this year Schlegel said that the upper limit of 5,000 army personnel would “definitely not be reached”. Unless it is, of course.
Putting the 5,000 troop maximum in context, it represents a more than 10-fold increase of the existing security coverage for the World Economic Forum: there are currently 450 army personnel in Davos preparing security measures for the meeting, according to the defence ministry. The yearly get-together of the world’s most influential politicians, CEOs, celebrities and social-change makers in the south-eastern corner of Switzerland, begins on January 20 and runs for four days.