Tens of thousands demonstrate against police law change

Tens of thousands demonstrate against police law change

About 30.000 people protested in munich against the planned new version of the bavarian police task law (PAG), according to official figures. The organizers even spoke of more than 40.000 participants.

"We demonstrate loudly, but peacefully," said simon strohmenger of the "nopag – no" alliance! On the new "police task law", to which numerous organizations and parties belong. Due to the large crowds, the kick-off rally at christi himmelfahrt at the central marienplatz had to be cancelled. The demonstrators marched through the city center to odeonsplatz, where there was a final rally.

Last summer, the CSU passed a new police task law with its absolute majority in the state parliament. This is intended to massively expand the powers of the police.

Critics are particularly concerned about the concept of "imminent danger" in the law, which allows the police to take preventive action earlier and monitor computers and telephones, for example. Due to massive criticism, the CSU parliamentary group had defused some controversial changes at the end of april – for example, intelligent video surveillance will no longer include facial recognition.

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