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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-04-09 05:32 PM
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Security Tight in Prague as Czechs Ready for Obama.
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PRAGUE (AP) -- Sharpshooters scouted out positions on Prague's red tile rooftops and police stepped up patrols across the Czech capital Saturday as authorities tightened security for President Barack Obama's weekend summit with leaders of European Union countries.

Officials planned to impose a no-fly zone over Prague starting at midday, and police increased their presence on Wenceslas Square and other popular tourist landmarks.

Obama arrived late Saturday. On Sunday, he will meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other European leaders, and deliver a speech laying out a long-term goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Obama also is expected to chat briefly with playwright and former president Vaclav Havel, who led the 1989 Velvet Revolution that peacefully toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia.

Thousands of people planned a demonstration Sunday urging the U.S. and Czech governments to scrap plans to put part of a missile defense system outside Prague. Many Czechs oppose the plan and fear it would make their country a terrorist target.

Activists draped a banner over a bridge on the Vltava River that read: ''YES WE CAN ... '

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