Police state style measures in Germany for G8 summit in Heiligendamm


This video here was made in Germany, by some of the many opponents of the G8 summit there.

It is in both English and German.

By Peter Schwarz:

Heiligendamm’s “Green Zone”

Massive security preparations for upcoming G8 summit in Germany

25 May 2007

In preparation for the G8 summit of world leaders to be held June 6-8 in Germany, the idyllic bathing resort of Heiligendamm is being transformed into a high-security tract resembling the notorious “Green Zone” in Baghdad.

The leaders of the seven major industrial nations and Russia will be entrenched behind a wall 12 kilometres long, 2.5 metres high (7.5 miles by 8.2 feet), comprising 4,600 steel panels, mounted with barbed wire, cameras and sensory detectors.

An exclusion zone of 11 nautical miles will be established out to sea, complemented by an air exclusion zone extended 50 kilometres into the skies.

The cost of these measures is estimated at €92 million.

Additional expenses include the wages and overtime of 16,000 police assembled from across Germany, who will provide around-the-clock protection for the eight world leaders attending the summit.

Even this is not enough, however.

To prevent protests against the summit and to intimidate demonstrators, the federal interior minister and police authority are working with their counterparts in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MWP)—where Heiligendamm is situated—to draw up a range of repressive measures which would warm the hearts of most authoritarian rulers.

These measures began on May 9 with a series of coordinated police raids carried out across the country involving 900 police officers in six northern German states.

Police searched 40 offices and dwellings occupied by opponents of the summit and seized computers, hard discs and written documents.

German judge corrects government on anti G8 marches: here.

Update: here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

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