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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN / ERLANGEN (dpa-AFX) – A few days before the start of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, confidential police documents from the 2015 meeting of heads of government were published on the Internet. Among the files there are several documents that have been declared secret. In fact, they are intended solely for use by the internal police and may not be made public.
Several sources in security circles on Sunday confirmed to the German Press Agency that the documents are genuine. A spokesman for the responsible police unit said Sunday night that the publication “also contains truthful information” about the operation at the time. First, the Bavarian radio informed about it.
Classified material includes, but is not limited to operational order with detailed lists of police units and their digital radio channels, as well as the mobile phone numbers of police officers. But documents on the arrest procedure, the security of police vehicles and the de-escalation concept have also appeared on the Internet.
“The information released does not have a critical impact on the security of the G7 summit in 2022,” said a spokesman for the responsible special organizational structure (BAO) Wetterstein to the police. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann previously classified the explosive publications: “We now assume that this is not critical to the upcoming operation,” a CSU politician told a German news agency in a fringe of the Erlangen event. “We are doing some things similar to what we did seven years ago. But the police also do a lot different than they did seven years ago. In this respect, no direct conclusions can be drawn from what was published about the police activities in the next few days. “
A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior said that the documents in question are “classified documents”, the content of which is generally not publicly commented on.
Initially, it was unclear who put the data on the Internet. They were available on Sunday, incl. on the website classified by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution as an action by left-wing extremists. According to Herrmann, the police are now investigating.
The G7 summit, chaired by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), is scheduled for June 26-28. As at the last G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in 2015, around 18,000 policemen will be on duty. Opponents of the events have been announcing protests for weeks.
However, even a week before the summit began, it was not clear exactly what the opponents’ protest would look like. Next Saturday, the day before the summit, an alliance of several organizations is planning a large-scale demonstration with 20,000 registered participants in Munich. In addition, several hundred activists have planned a protest camp during the Garmisch-Partenkirchen meadow summit. According to the “Stop G7 Elmau” alliance, opponents were to be excluded from several other demonstrations.
The police have already hermetically sealed off the conference venue. From Sunday morning, only those who can show accreditation had access. The neighborhood is taboo for tourists. Around the castle there is a barrier 16 km long, and sometimes even a meter.
In order to continue to be able to protest against the G7 summit in sight of the conference venue, opponents of the meeting want to be transported by police buses to Elmau Castle. A spokeswoman for the alliance said Saturday they had been promised they would be able to protest with a delegation of 50 demonstrators near the hotel. “Anyone wishing to enter the security area must provide their personal details, be searched and taken there by police bus.”
It was “an incredible restriction on our freedom of assembly and thus on our fundamental rights,” the spokeswoman criticized. As a result, some demonstrators were reluctant to attend the meeting. The district office in Garmisch-Partenkirchen initially did not comment on the meeting and the allegations. / Fjm / DP / men