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Germany: Activists protest 'fortress Europe' outside EU security conference01:43

Germany: Activists protest 'fortress Europe' outside EU security conference

Germany, Berlin
February 23, 2016 at 02:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of activists, predominantly members of the "No war Berlin" social group, gathered outside the Berlin Congress Centre (BCC) where the European Police Conference is taking place, Tuesday.

Protesters condemned the "restriction of the freedom as a consequence for the security" by European institutions.

Activists carried placards reading "ferries, not Frontex" and "push back Frontex" while chanting "refugees welcome." When addressing the crowd, one of the activists stated that "in 2015 more than one million people actively fought against fortress Europe by crossing the EU external borders. In reaction to that, the EU and its border agency Frontex increased the efforts to criminalize refugees and supporters and thus to impede the freedom of movement." There was heavy police presence deployed on-site but the protest remained peaceful.

The "European Police Congress" is an international annual conference with more than 1,500 experts discussing the latest developments in the security sector. The congress is taking place in Berlin from February 23 to February 24.

Germany: Activists protest 'fortress Europe' outside EU security conference01:43
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Dozens of activists, predominantly members of the "No war Berlin" social group, gathered outside the Berlin Congress Centre (BCC) where the European Police Conference is taking place, Tuesday.

Protesters condemned the "restriction of the freedom as a consequence for the security" by European institutions.

Activists carried placards reading "ferries, not Frontex" and "push back Frontex" while chanting "refugees welcome." When addressing the crowd, one of the activists stated that "in 2015 more than one million people actively fought against fortress Europe by crossing the EU external borders. In reaction to that, the EU and its border agency Frontex increased the efforts to criminalize refugees and supporters and thus to impede the freedom of movement." There was heavy police presence deployed on-site but the protest remained peaceful.

The "European Police Congress" is an international annual conference with more than 1,500 experts discussing the latest developments in the security sector. The congress is taking place in Berlin from February 23 to February 24.

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