Ban on anti-Donald Trump protest at snowy Davos branded 'scandalous'

Donald Trump arrives in Davos on Thursday | Pool

"Forces of protectionism are raising their heads against globalization", he told a crowd of business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

A statement by the vice-president's spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, said WEF's theme for this year's edition, 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, ' would place emphasis on finding ways to reaffirm worldwide cooperation on shared interests on matters such as the global economy, worldwide security and the environment.

Heavy snow in the Alps has made travel hard in many regions, and Switzerland went on avalanche alert on January 22 after fresh snow fell.

There's been speculation on how Trump's political views will go over, though, since his isolationist and protectionist ideology is a polar opposite to the globalist thinking many Davosians share.

The authorities said heavy snowfall had limited the space available for a demonstration in Davos on Thursday, the day before Mr Trump was due to address the World Economic Forum. A Swiss anti- petition has garnered more than 16,000 supporters online, calling on him to stay away.

Swiss police are deploying more than 4,300 troops in the region for security, which officials say is on a par with previous years.

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The rock-star treatment of guests doesn't stop with the corporate elite at Davos. Elton John, whose song title "Rocket Man" used to deride North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, will be in Davos, as will actress Cate Blanchett, who shaped chewing gum into a phallus on late-night TV to mock just days after he took office.

The forum this year will also include several sessions on sexual harassment, a nod to the #MeToo movement that erupted after allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and others.

The firm's findings chime with others, including the International Monetary Fund, which earlier Monday revised up its global growth forecast for 2018 to a 7-year high of 3.9 percent.

She added: "If they really wanted to give people the space to demonstrate, it would have been possible".

"It's good to have the president here, if the snow conditions and the situation in Washington allow us", WEF founder Klaus Schwab told The Associated Press on Monday, alluding to the USA government shutdown that could spoil 's plans to attend.

Switzerland's Young Socialists party was revving up for the Tuesday protest in Zurich. "They need stronger spines".


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