Min­is­ter calls for co-op­er­a­tion against ‘riot tourists’

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BER­LIN: Ger­many’s jus­tice min­is­ter yes­ter­day called for a bet­ter ex­change of in­for­ma­tion on vi­o­lent ex­trem­ists in the EU fol­low­ing the riots that ac­com­pa­nied the Group of 20 sum­mit.

Ham­burg saw three nights of vi­o­lence amid anti-glob­al­i­sa­tion protests as lead­ers of the world’s big­gest eco­nomic pow­ers met. Po­lice ar­rested 186 and tem­po­rar­ily de­tained a fur­ther 225 peo­ple.

“The bru­tal riot tourists stop at no bor­ders,” Jus­tice Min­is­ter Heiko Maas said. “A high pro­por­tion of the vi­o­lent ex­trem­ists trav­elled to the G-20 from other Euro­pean coun­tries.”

He said that “we ex­pe­ri­enced a new qual­ity of vi­o­lence, which we should re­act to with more co-op­er­a­tion in com­bat­ing ex­trem­ists”.

Ger­many tem­po­rar­ily rein­tro­duced bor­der con­trols with its Euro­pean neigh­bours weeks be­fore the sum­mit.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Thomas de Maiziere said “sev­eral hun­dred” known ex­trem­ists were turned back.

Other peo­ple were searched but in some cases there was no le­gal rea­son to deny them en­try, such as trav­el­ling with weapons like sling­shots.

“We are talk­ing about a year and half to two years of prepa­ra­tion in the left-wing ex­trem­ist scene,” De Maiziere said.

“I wouldn’t be sur­prised if much of the ma­te­rial with which po­lice of­fi­cers were wounded came to Ger­many long be­fore bor­der con­trols were in­tro­duced.”

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