“30,000 Protest as German Police Granted Powers to Open Mail Under New Laws“
Thousands of people have gathered in the center of Munich to protest against the introduction of sweeping new surveillance powers, including the opening of mail, for German police.
Police now estimate that 30,000 people have turned out for the protest – a figure far in excess of the 7,000 expected by event organizers.
Emergency services are on hand to offer water to protesters stuck in the stationary march, according to police.
Plans for a pre-rally speech at Marienplatz, the city’s central square and transport hub, were ditched due to overcrowding in the square, according to Munich-based tabloid TZ. There have also been reports of overcrowding at nearby Odeonsplatz and traffic congestion around the route of the march.