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Police union moots European database for violent protesters

AFP · 16 Dec 2009, 08:33

Published: 16 Dec 2009 08:33 GMT+01:00

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Danish police have detained 1,500 people at protests around the climate change conference in Copenhagen since it began on December 7, though most have been released without charge.

On Monday night officers made 210 arrests after storming a giant squat in the city, using tear gas and dogs to quell protesters who threw petrol bombs and started fires in the street.

Rainer Wendt, the head of German police union DPolG, said on Wednesday that a database would help combat serial agitators who travelled to major events simply to cause trouble.

"We need a European database of troublemaking demonstrators to stop fight tourism," Wendt told daily Bild.

This would allow police to stop known troublemakers going to major events such as the climate talks or meetings of the G8 group of industrialised nations, Wendt said.

He said it was "incredible that German fight tourists can travel to Denmark to protest violently against climate change."

The Danish authorities have deported four Germans arrested on Sunday for violence against police and weapons offences.

Police in Copenhagen have been given powers to preventatively detain potential troublemakers.

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Some campaign groups have accused the police of heavy-handed tactics, but Wendt said he thought the approach had been "appropriate."

Security measures have been gearing up as around 115 heads of state and government arrive in Copenhagen for the climax of the talks on Friday.

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20:07 December 16, 2009 by Henckel
Don't forget it was the Gestapo in 1935 that compiled a database of all offenders and also those considered "politically unreliable" by the regime. It used a card system developed by IBM. Now the high-tech facilities available make it even easier to develop such a database.

In earlier years, too, people in Germany, Austria-Hungary and other nations of the region had to register with the police when they changed their domicile. Various biographers of Hitler have mentioned this in connection with his movements in Austria between 1909 and his departure for Munich in 1913.
00:16 December 17, 2009 by Outlander
Riot cops are too hard to identify, that's why they they dress as anonymous shock troops covering all individual aspects of their identity. And I agree that if a database of protesters is created then citizens should also create a grassroots people-run database of cops who bash peace protesters and non-violent protesters. Especially when it's entirely obvious on video that a protester is non-violent. Justice.
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