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Should museum guards be armed?

A US academic is calling for museum and heritage site guards to be armed to help prevent looting. What do you think?

Museum guards and others tasked with protecting the world’s cultural treasures should be routinely armed to defend heritage sites from the depredations of conflict, according to a leading expert.

Professor Lawrence Rothfield, faculty director of the University of Chicago’s cultural policy centre, told the Guardian that ministries, foundations and local authorities “should not assume that the brutal policing job required to prevent looters and professional art thieves from carrying away items is just one for the national police or for other forces not under their direct control”.

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Story: John Hooper, Guardian.co.uk | Photo: Petro Giannakouris/AP

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