500 protest against Bush's visit to Germany

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13 July 2006, STRALSUND, GERMANY - Several hundred demonstrators turned out Thursday to protest against the visit of US President George W Bush, far fewer than expected.

13 July 2006

STRALSUND, GERMANY - Several hundred demonstrators turned out Thursday to protest against the visit of US President George W Bush, far fewer than expected.

Police said around 500 people attended a rally on the outskirts of the Baltic Sea resort of Stralsund where the president conferred with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Around 5,000 activists been predicted to show up for the protest, which was tightly controlled by police and kept well out of sight of the president and his entourage.

Participants carried banners and distributed leaflets urging Bush to end his "war-like policies," particularly in relation to Iraq.

"Let me state clearly, you're not welcome in either Europe or Germany," said Christian Stroebele, a member of parliament for the environmentalist Greens party.

Among those who addressed the rally was Wolfgang Methling, deputy head of the left-of-centre government in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, where Stralsund is located.

Methling charged the US administration with violating human rights for detaining prisoners for long periods without trial in the military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Shortly before Bush arrived in the picturesque town, a lone protester lowered a placard reading, "No Nukes, No War, No Bush," from the tower of a church that the president toured during the afternoon.

Police said a total of 13 people were taken into temporary custody during the day.

DPA

Subject: German news

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