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Germany beefs up security as NATO protesters get antsy | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 02.04.2009
German police say they plan a "zero tolerance strategy" for violent protesters at the upcoming NATO summit following riots at the G-20 meeting in London. First clashes have already taken place. 

Police and demonstrators have been flexing their muscles in the run-up to this week's summit celebrating the 60th anniversary of NATO.

German police have developed stringent plans for crowd control, after angry protests at the G-20 meeting in London descended into violent battles with police that saw one man collapse and die.

Police in the cities of Kehl and Baden-Baden, Germany, are expecting thousands of anti-NATO demonstrators at the April 3 and 4 meeting, which is being co-hosted by the French city of Strasbourg.

The head of the German police union told the Neuen Osnabruecker Zeitung: "We have to assume that protests against the NATO summit will be significantly more aggressive than in the past."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:01:30 PM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Clashes at Nato summit protests

Police have clashed with hundreds of anti-Nato protesters in Strasbourg, firing tear gas to stop a crowd getting to the city centre, reports say.

Masked protesters smashed bus shelters and set fire to rubbish bins. AFP reported around 100 arrests.

Security has been high in Strasbourg and across the German border in preparation for the summit.

Some 25,000 police are on duty to control the tens of thousands of protesters expected to attend.

Groups of youths, many wearing hoods or scarves, walked through a suburb of the city carrying banners saying: "Stop repression in London and Strasbourg".

Bus stops and vehicles were vandalised, shop windows smashed and a barricade put up on one street.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:08:51 PM EST
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