As NATO celebrates 60 years, protestors take to the streets while Obama praises the alliance
Friday, April 03, 2009 - 08:36 AM
French police have clashed with anti-Nato protesters in Strasbourg, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to stop a crowd getting to the city center. Masked protesters smashed bus shelters and set fire to rubbish bins. There are reportedly some 25,000 police are on duty to control the tens of thousands of protesters expected to attend.
Despite the ruckus in the streets, speaking at the start of the celebration and meeting, President Barack Obama hailed NATO as the most successful alliance in modern history and a central pillar is strong European defense: