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    News for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo Frankfurter Allgemeine Temporary Protest Ban Under Fire in Munich F.A.Z. MUNICH. Contrary
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      Frankfurter Allgemeine

      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
      the occasion.

      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.

      Feb. 4

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