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Protesters play dead as NATO summit starts

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Dozens of demonstrators have pretended to be dead on the streets of Lisbon, simulating what they say are the devastating effects of a NATO airstrike.

The flash-mob protest against the war in Afghanistan is just one of many demonstrations surrounding the two-day NATO summit in the Portuguese capital.

“So many people died during this war,” said anti-NATO protester Benoit Calvi. “NATO is in Afghanistan since nine years and the numbers of people who are dying, soldiers and civilians, is increasing. For example, in 2010 we have already reached the highest numbers of how many people died.”

A huge security operation is in place, with Portuguese police expecting 20,000 people at an anti-NATO protest march on Saturday.