Three German anti-NATO protesters get jail time

Three German NATO protesters have been given prison sentences of up to six months by a court in Strasbourg, a spokesperson from the German-French police centre in Kehl confirmed on Tuesday.

Three German anti-NATO protesters get jail time
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The three were imprisoned for illegal possession of weapons or for assaulting police.

A young man from Dresden who was carrying an iron bar was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. A 23-year-old from Karlsruhe caught with an axe was given a three month sentence. And a student from Berlin was sentenced to six months in prison for throwing stones at police.

Another German will likely have to appear before the court in May on charges of civil disorder, authorities said.

The three Germans were arrested before the riots last Thursday and Friday, according to a report from SWR radio. On Thursday last week riot police in Strasbourg fired tear gas to stop as many as 2,000 demonstrators at the 60th anniversary NATO summit from marching on the heart of the summit cities of Kehl, Germany and Strasbourg, France.