Police arrest 17 during security conference weekend

DDP/The Local
DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 8 Feb, 2009 Updated Sun 8 Feb 2009 12:53 CEST
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Over the three days of the Munich Security Conference, 17 people were arrested, police reported on Sunday. The offences ranged from slander to battery to the contravention of Germany's laws of assembly.

The demonstrations in Munich began on Friday evening with about 150 protesters. Those numbers swelled to 3,500 on Saturday, according to police, when a large anti-war demonstration took place.

Organisers of the "Action Alliance Against the NATO Security Conference" said around 6,000 people participated.

All in all, police said they were "very satisfied" with the security situation over the weekend. One police officer was slightly injured.

Police said that although the presence of big groups of far-left demonstrators indicated "a real possibility that violence would be used," a strong police presence ensured that demonstrations remained largely peaceful.

Around 3,700 security forces were stationed in Munich's downtown area for the duration of the conference.



DDP/The Local 2009/02/08 12:53

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