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G20 summit lockdown: Largest ever peacetime security operation


Brisbane (Nov. 12, 2014): Australia is deploying its largest ever peacetime security operation amid fears of violent protests or extremist attacks when world leaders including US President Barack Obama converge on Brisbane for the G20 summit this weekend.

More than 6,000 police officers from as far afield as New Zealand have locked down the centre of Australia's third-biggest city, while F/A18 Super Hornets will enforce a strict no-fly zone around the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Police have been given boosted powers, including the ability to strip-search anyone deemed suspicious near the venue, to protect attendees including Obama and the leaders of Russia and China.

They also have an arsenal of crowd control hardware at their disposal including water cannon and several "sound cannons" - giant vehicle-mounted speakers that blast ear-piercing shrieks at unruly crowds. Roads near the convention centre in Queensland's state capital bristle with barricades and checkpoints, while part of the nearby Brisbane river has been sealed off to prevent the risk of a waterborne attack.