Eleven detained in anti-conference protests in Munich

Other News Materials 7 February 2009 23:38 (UTC +04:00)

Eleven persons were temporarily detained by police Saturday during largely peaceful protests by several thousand persons demonstrating against the Munich security conference, police officials reported.

Police spokesman Peter Reichl said the 11 were taken into custody for, among other reasons, resisting police, violating the anti-mask ban, and insulting police officers, dpa reported.

Four persons, one of them a policewoman, were slightly injured in a skirmish in which pepper spray was used, but that otherwise the protests had been peaceful.

"The situation is currently very relaxed," Reichl said. By police estimate some 3,500 people took part in the protest march through central Munich. Organisers claimed a turnout of 6,000.

As in previous years, the area around the security conference venue, the Bayerischer Hof hotel, was completely sealed off against protesters amid tight security precautions put in place by some 3,700 police.