Germany to watch videocast crowds at World Cup

31st March 2006, Comments 0 comments

31 March 2006, BERLIN - German security agencies are to apply close scrutiny to crowds watching games on huge video screens during the World Cup, a state secretary in Berlin, August Hanning, said Friday.

31 March 2006

BERLIN - German security agencies are to apply close scrutiny to crowds watching games on huge video screens during the World Cup, a state secretary in Berlin, August Hanning, said Friday.

He spoke at the end of a two-day conference in the capital on security at the mega-event.

The 12 hosting cities will be setting up the public screens for fans who cannot obtain tickets to the grounds. The screens will show television broadcasts of the games and give crowds the feeling of being part of the live event.

According to Hanning, there will be checks on the onlookers and closed-circuit television will be used to monitor the crowds. He described this as an unprecedented challenge for security agencies.

Experts from all 32 nations competing at the World Cup attended the Berlin conference.

On Thursday, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany plans to reintroduce border checks during the World Cup as a precaution against terrorism and crime.

Normally, EU citizens arriving from Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium the Netherlands and Luxembourg do not need to show their passports when entering Germany.

Around 280 delegates attended the two-day conference, which is discussing security arrangements for the 64-match tournament beginning June 9.

DPA

Subject: German news

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