Bilderberg 2010: The security lockdown begins
It’s midday at the Bilderberg conference hotel – and that means helicopters, riot police and angry staff
Charlie Skelton relaxing at the Hotel Dolce Sitges, before the Bilderberg conference began. Photograph: Charlie Skelton
This is the second dispatch from Charlie Skelton’s Bilderblog. Read part one here.
“Congratulations!” grinned the man in charge of this year’s Bilderberg conference, mustering as much sarcasm as a Dutchman could muster.
“You are the last guests here! You should have a banner!” he whooped, punching the air, wanting us gone. It’s true – we had been dragging our heels as we left the Hotel Dolce Sitges. The folding tables were already being set up in the courtyard for participant lanyards and orientation packs. It was well past the midday “lockdown” of the hotel.
“Lockdown” at Bilderberg means that security is snapped securely shut – it means an unbreachable, Pentagon-like security cordon is tightened around this seaside hotel.
It means that hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of police, in various states of riot readiness, position themselves at every junction, every roundabout, along every road, layby and dirt track within a mile of the building. And every 15 minutes or so, ruining everyone’s poolside naps, police choppers circle in the perfect sky above.
The helicopters started yesterday. The day before, as we were checking in, a couple of tourists in microlights came buzzing over the hotel before buzzing off towards the beach. For about two seconds, I thought: “Brilliant! That’s how we’re going to get photos! From the air!” Then I thought: “CIA snipers! Not so brilliant!”.
We’ve made do with a few sneaky shots around the hotel and some hushed chats with the barstaff. We did a little undercover work. And, as a result, we can confirm the following people will definitely be attending this year’s Bilderberg conference in Sitges.