• Germany's news in English
 
jobs_header_v3

Bomb scare sparks calls for video surveillance

The Local · 21 Dec 2012, 11:12

Published: 21 Dec 2012 11:12 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Just 18 percent of Germans were against tougher video surveillance, according to the survey by Infratest dimap, released by broadcaster ARD.

Last Monday, a blue sports bag left on a platform in Bonn's main station was found to contain an improvised explosive device. The detonation device was reportedly triggered but did not go off.

Prosecutors believe Islamist extremists were behind the botched attempt.

The train platform was not under full surveillance, and despite the presence of video cameras, no footage of the bag drop-off was recorded.

The only images available of the suspects themselves were taken at a nearby McDonald's restaurant.

The case has ignited a fierce debate among German policy-makers - with politicians from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the Christian Democratic Union, calling for more video surveillance.

The centre-left Social Democrats, as well as the Greens and the Left Party, oppose the CDU stance.

Earlier this week, Green Party parliamentary leader Renate Künast told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich should instead push for better cooperation between the various offices and targeted efforts to prevent future attacks.

"We need effective security authorities, not blanket surveillance," she said.

DPA/The Local/arp

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit


Your comments about this article

12:12 December 21, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
The only thing Orson Wells got wrong was the year.
14:17 December 21, 2012 by mobaisch
now i understand the reason of the scare :D
14:47 December 21, 2012 by zeddriver
@ Berlin fuer alles

You're not wrong.

If you give up your liberties for a little security. You will soon have neither liberty nor security.
15:46 December 21, 2012 by truth is treason
@ Berlin fuer Alles.

It is George Orwell that wrong 1984.

Same as mobaisch, this is going to be used for increase surveillance.

There are more Cameras in London that is in the whole of Germany, France and Belgium. My wife was mugged in the UK railway station platform with 5 Security cameras, It was not caught. Only 2 of the 5 worked and this where at the turnstiles as you enter and leave. Only the revenue raising Cameras worked the others were out of order for 8 months. The article said the bag drop off was not caught on Camera, maybe there was a camera but it was not working.

Looking for this survey done by Infratest dimap at I could not find it. Does it exsist?

I guess we will get more False attacks till they watch us all the time and have us weaponless

Look for Operation Gladio.

Orwells' 1984 is fiction not an instruction manual.
17:27 December 21, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Germany should be careful for what it wishes, there is one CCTV camera per 14 heads in the UK...................................!
Today's headlines
Temperatures rise as sunny winter weather continues
A wintry countryside scene in Brandenburg on Monday. Photo: DPA.

The days are sunny and the nights are cold across Germany, but weather forecasters predict higher temperatures as the week goes on.

In Pictures
1,000 sprinting Santas take over small German town
From Lapland to lap times: Santas shed the pounds. Photo: DPA

Nearly 1,000 bearded, red coat-wearing runners took over a small Brandenburg town on Sunday - here's why.

Germany bucks global trend, sells more weapons
A Puma tank used by the German military. Photo: DPA.

Weapons sales around the world decreased last year, despite various ongoing military conflicts. But major German firms actually greatly increased their sales at the same time.

Teen's murder-rape arrest reignites refugee debate
Flowers and candles set up in Freiburg to honour the student found dead. Photo: DPA.

The German government pleaded for calm on Monday after the arrest of a teenage Afghan asylum seeker for the alleged rape and murder of a German student triggered fresh criticism of the country's liberal refugee policy.

China criticizes US for blocking sale of German firm
Aixtron's headquarter in Herzogenrath in North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

The US is reportedly worried that China could use the firm's technology in its nuclear programme.

Germany should deport sick refugees: Merkel party mate
Rejected asylum seekers in Leipzig being taken to the airport. Photo: DPA.

A top member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party on Monday defended his proposal for Germany to deport sick refugees after receiving harsh criticism.

Rail worker jailed over train crash that killed 12
Rescue workers at the scene of the crash. Photo: DPA

A German rail dispatcher who admitted that his negligence caused a train crash that killed 12 people has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Why Germany is worried by Italy's referendum result
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned after a crushing referendum defeat on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel lost a key ally on Sunday night.

These are Berlin's seven most exquisite restaurants
Two-star chef Tim Raue. Photo: DPA.

The capital city still hasn't managed to snag three stars in the new 2017 Michelin guide released on Thursday, but it still boasts seven two-star eateries. Here's a look at what they have to offer.

Austrian vote a 'good omen for Europe': German minister
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Photo: DPA.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday said that the far-right defeat in Austria's presidential election was "a good omen" for Europe.

Lifestyle
Nobody does Christmas quite like the Germans.
Sponsored Article
The key to launching your international career
Lifestyle
Our 10-step guide for doing Christmas just like a German
National
Here's why so many Germans vote for the far-right AfD
National
7 events in Germany that'll make December unforgettable
Lifestyle
7 frosty German sayings to make you a winter wordsmith
National
This is how unequal German society has become
National
Six things you should know about the Lufthansa strike
National
9 ways living in Germany will make you a better person
National
These 10 German Christmas markets cannot be missed
Features
8 German words that unlock amazing secrets in English
Culture
10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations
Lifestyle
7 things Germans do that make foreigners feel awkward
International
Why Donald Trump's grandad was booted out of Germany
National
This is what is really inside your Döner kebab
National
Rejoice! Christmas markets start opening across Germany
Education
These German universities are best at landing you a job
Travel
Why Heidelberg is Germany's most inspiring city
Lifestyle
This soppy German Christmas ad will bring you to tears
National
Here's where Germans speak the best (and worst) English
Culture
10 German books you have to read before you die
6,509
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd