Protesters' boat evades security for Bush

23rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 February 2005 , MAINZ - An inflatable boat launched into the Rhine river by anti-nuclear protesters on Wednesday briefly evaded tight German security imposed during the visit of US President George W. Bush. Police said they detained two persons who drove the boat into an absolute exclusion zone and tried to unfurl banners. The environmentalist group Greenpeace said the banners had been held up and said, "No nuclear weapons in the USA and elsewhere - No more wars, Mr. Bush!". The river flows past the win

23 February 2005 

MAINZ - An inflatable boat launched into the Rhine river by anti-nuclear protesters on Wednesday briefly evaded tight German security imposed during the visit of US President George W. Bush.

Police said they detained two persons who drove the boat into an absolute exclusion zone and tried to unfurl banners.

The environmentalist group Greenpeace said the banners had been held up and said, "No nuclear weapons in the USA and elsewhere - No more wars, Mr. Bush!". The river flows past the windows of a talks venue, a former palace that is now a museum.

Police had closed the river to all boat traffic for most of Wednesday, triggering protests from the barge industry which uses Europe's second-longest waterway to transport millions of tons of bulk goods every year.

Many streets were also closed in Mainz. 

Police said they were expecting about 6,000 protesters to brave snow and cold to demonstrate against Bush during his seven-hour stay. The assembly area for protesters was out of earshot of the talks venue. Permission was given for a march through the city's downtown area.

DPA

Subject: German news

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