Rome Buzz – “Quick, hide, the guards are coming!”

“Quick, hide, the guards are coming!”

The Vatican is defended by Corpo della Gendarmeria dello Stato della Città del Vaticano, the Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City State. There are 130 men who are armed to the teeth. Applicants must be unmarried men between the ages of 21 and 24 and practising Catholics. The Corpo della Gendarmeria dello Stato della Città del Vaticanois has Glock 17 semi-automatic pistols in 9mm Parabellum as their standard issue weapon. They also have the Beretta M12 and the Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun. They have batons, tasers, pepper sprays and tear gas against possible riots. The Gruppo Intervento Rapido (Rapid Intervention Group) are equipped with the Carbon 15 carbine and Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 shotguns. They also have a Unità Antisabotaggi, their anti-sabotage unit.

Go in peace.

Rome Buzz - "The guards are coming!" - photograph copyright David Bailey (not the)

From the forthcoming photobook: Rome Buzz.

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