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    The visit to West Germany by Soviet Communist party chief, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, has provoked?

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    The visit to West Germany by Soviet Communist party chief, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, has provoked several protest demonstrations by groups critical of Soviet policy.

    Amnesty International, which is dedicated to securing the release of political prisoners throughout the word, is keeping up a protest watch in Bonn throughout his five-day stay.

    They are demonstrating against the imprisonment in camps and mental hospitals of critics of the Soviet Union.

    The West German authorities have mounted their strictest security operation over to protect the Soviet leader. More than 6,000 police are on duty in Bonn and armed police patrols have sealed off the Hotel Petersburg where Mr. Brezhnev is staying. The hotel is situated in one of the hills in Bonn overlooking the Rhine.

    A silent protest against the shootings that have taken place on the border between East and West Germany, was staged at the hotel entrance. The German communist party and other left-wing political groups friendly to Moscow set up an information stand in Bonn's main square to draw attention to the significance of Mr. Brezhnev's visit.

    They later tried unsuccessfully to stop about twenty young Jows wearing striped concentration camp uniforms from demonstrating in the square.

    Mr. Brezhnev's visit to West Germany is described as a working visit. In his welcoming address, the West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, said that his meeting with Mr. Brezhnev would give them a chance to continue a dialogue to peaceful coexistence.

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