To say terrorist attacks have been a tragic occurrence in Europe in the last few months would be an understatement. The last city to be affected was, of course, Barcelona, when last week militants used a truck to ram pedestrians in the popular Las Ramblas thoroughfare, killing 13, and wounding over 100 people.
In response to the attack, Italy has installed concrete barriers near some of its busiest tourist attractions in Milan, including the Duomo Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and the even near its 19th-century shopping arcade. The cities of Bologna and Turin also installed barriers around tourist areas, with Palermo planning to do the same.
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Van and truck attacks have become increasingly popular, having taken place in Berlin, London, and France over the past 18 months and the Italian government understandably wants to take precautions as a result. They have also deployed an additional 6,000 troops in the streets as well as increasing surveillance in the area.
In a similar move, France is also pushing ahead with their previous plan to build a bulletproof barrier around the Eiffel Tower. However, this is something both residents of Paris and visitors who admire the landmark are opposing, have=ing railed against both the $20,000 cost and the symbolic weight of such a barrier.