January 3, 2005

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Berliners Clash With Police Amid Cutbacks (DAVID McHUGH, 1/03/05, Associated Press)

Several hundred protesters clashed with police at a Berlin unemployment office Monday as a sharp cutback in jobless benefits took effect in a government effort to push people to find work.

Police in riot helmets used pepper spray as they blocked protesters from entering the office in Wedding, a working-class neighborhood with high unemployment, and made several arrests.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 3, 2005 7:42 PM
Comments

Hmmm, the police might be hiring.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 3, 2005 8:48 PM

I've wondered when we'd be seeing French and German riot police have to start cracking their own grandparents' heads. Sooner than I thought, I guess.

Posted by: joe shropshire at January 3, 2005 9:51 PM

Berlin has been a repository for all the flotsam and jetsam of West Germany for decades. This is nothing new.

Posted by: Bart at January 4, 2005 6:23 AM
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