Temporary Protest Ban under Fire in Munich
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Temporary Protest Ban Under Fire in Munich
F.A.Z. MUNICH. Contrary to expectations, local police over
the weekend had to contend with far fewer violent protestors
outside an international conference of high-ranking security
and military policymakers, thus fueling a debate on Monday
over the need for a demonstration ban that was imposed for
Around 3,500 police officers were on hand at the 38th annual
Conference on Security Policy to watch over some 7,000
demonstrators. But instead of the 3,000 violent anarchist
protestors expected to show up, only 200 protestors from
this category were spotted. Opponents of the temporary ban
on demonstrations said the low turnout was a sign that the
ban had been unnecessary. Some groups got around the ban by
calling their protest actions a "gathering," "press
conference" or "shopping spree." Still, Munich police
temporarily arrested 747 people during the conference for
participating in the forbidden "gatherings."
While Bavarian Premier Edmund Stoiber defended the ban and
the methods of the Munich police in the name of "citizens'
security needs," a group of protestors have threatened to
take the city to Germany's highest court. They are accusing
the city's police of using excessive force.
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*anti*-political statement. The symbol for *anarchy*!"
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