Warsaw City Hall has decided to build anti-terrorist barriers along its busiest streets, spending EUR 1.7 million.
A Spokesman of Warsaw City Hall told Polish Press Agency that the installation of barriers is a response to a spate of attacks that have taken place in recent years in Europe when terrorists used vehicles to plough through pedestrians.
Warsaw authorities say that they have not received signals about any specific threats to Warsaw, but the installation of barriers “could act as a protective measure against, for example, frustrated people”.
After terrorist attacks with use of vehicles in Barcelona and Berlin, many European cities have decided to place barriers on the main streets. Many German cities now use them to protect their famous Christmas markets, in case there was a repeat of the attack in Berlin in 2016.
Cities use different kinds of barriers. For example, Rome authorities placed 40 massive, concrete flower pots near the premises of most important Italian ministries and offices. In the German city of Duisburg, the authorities used big water containers as protection for such thoroughfares.
No roads or location were published as to where these barriers will be placed.
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