Nuclear summit launches in Washington
As world leaders gather in Washington, DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, streets have been shut down and public transportation disrupted to make room for the dignitaries. The city's administration takes the security of the international heads of state very seriously. Washington, DC mayor Adrian Fenty announced preparations the week before the opening of the meetings and the police force is prepared for protests.
The precautions have not deterred everyone, however. Free Tibet activists are protesting near the summit site in the hope of getting their message to Chinese leader Hu Jintao.
"We believe that if Tibet acts as an independent nation it could act as a buffer zone because Tibet straddles all those nuclear states, China, India, Pakistan, Russia… we believe that Tibet as an independent nation would definitely ease that tension," said one activist.
For many Washingtonians, however, the chance to make a meaningful contribution to world peace is important enough to endure some minor inconveniences.