Dec 10, 2010
Freiburg, Germany – German police wrangled Friday with leftist demonstrators who tried to break through a cordon at a summit between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A woman who tried to hurl a full bottle of water at both leaders as they did a walkabout was restrained and taken away. A man was held for carrying a club, a police spokesman said.
Part of Freiburg, in south-western Germany, was cordoned off. Police said well under 100 people took part in a nearby demonstration where drums were banged in protest. Shouting and derisive whistles came from the crowd as the leaders visited a city marketplace.
Police reinforcements had been called in after alleged threats by leftists to invade the summit. Security was very tight.