posted on Sep, 2 2014 @ 08:34 PM
I don't really know why I'm sharing this. But I thought I would.
With the NATO summit about to happen in Newport, living in South Wales is a little mad at the moment.
I've never seen so many police. Travelling the M4 - past Newport & back - on Saturday, the motorway was filled with everything from arms-carrying
army convoys to Scotland Yard police vans. Police presence in the immediate surrounding areas was obvious & significant, with masses of bobbies
stationed on key off-ramp roundabouts & even on the nearby hillsides.
A portion of the M4 is cordoned off with heavy duty steel fencing... something which also cuts through Cardiff city centre. It's absolutely
mind-blowing when you look at the Castle.
My family & mates from the areas surrounding Newport have been speaking of crackling mobile phone lines and apparently ground-to-air missile launchers
were transported in to the Celtic Manor (where the summit's being held) just a few days ago.
I know it's all very much to be expected... but I suppose it feels all that more gobsmacking because it's in my back yard; a quiet little place of
dodgy accents, green & trees.
It also somehow feels like a random glimpse into an all-too-real & impending future... if you know what I mean.
I'm just hoping that the recent threat level step up to severe
be realised at the summit.
NATO Security Measures
NATO Cardiff City Centre
Edit to add:
Warships have also started to arrive. Again, I appreciate that this is all to be expected, given the gravitas of the summit. It's just a little bit
bizarre having all this going on in your own backyard, and in a tiny little country of just over 3 million people:
edit on 2/9/14 by lizziejayne because: (no