It was a crazy Thursday at Davos, as a small bomb detonating barely ranks as the day's third most explosive event
DAVOS, Switzerland - Thursday will go down in the history of the World Economic Forum as one of the more action-packed days in the 41-year history of these annual meetings. It will also be recorded as the day that Indonesia was perceived by the global power elite to have joined the ranks of China and India as one of the world's fastest growing and most populous consumer markets, thanks to a statesmanlike debut here from mild-mannered President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.*
But first the story of a bomb blast here, which fortunately came to nothing.
Despite thousands of gun-toting Swiss soldiers and tight security everywhere, an extremist left-wing protest group managed to smuggle into the ski resort and detonate a small bomb in the basement of a luxury hotel. But nobody was hurt, and nobody was ruffled. In fact, the explosion at the Hotel Post Morosani was so minor that meetings resumed just minutes after the blast.
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Later on Thursday a left-wing activist group called "Revolutionary Perspective" claimed responsibility for the attack, but Bill Clinton went ahead with a dinner meeting in the hotel that was hit. The only visible response was a huge lockdown of Davos, with lots of helicopters swirling overhead and sharp shooters on every roof.