May 27, 2007

Dangerous weekend?

Dangerous weekend?
Originally uploaded by HamburgCam.

This weekend 46 delegations meet at the Asem-Foreignminister Conference in Hamburg.

In the past two days, there have been thousands of policemen patroulling the city and guarding places, where these ministers stay and meet. I have never seen this much police scattered all over the city of Hamburg before!

There are some protests in town, but over all, it is very quiet and peaceful. The police force shows presence, but does this in a very friendly and low key fashion. I talked to some of them, and they were very friedly and communicative.

I fell a bit sorry for them, having to sit in their patrol cars all weekend. Especially during this long pentecost weekend with Monday beeing a national holiday.

This photo shows a police van in front of the "Vier Jahreszeiten" (Four Seasons) Luxury Hotel in Hamburg. I would guess that some important people live there ;-)

I am adding two more photos from today, showing the Cityhall and the security around it.

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