The second all-German summit meeting is due to start this Thursday (May 21) in the West German city of Kassel -- against a background of at least five threatened demonstrations.
The second all-German summit meeting is due to start this Thursday (May 21) in the West German city of Kassel -- against a background of at least five threatened demonstrations. Most of the protests will be to oppose the continuation of talks between the visiting East German and West German leaders.
Police propose to permit the demonstrations. But they will be vigilant to prevent clashes between rival factions. And they will be keeping guard over the Schloss Hotel, where the talks will take place, and at the city railway station where East German Prime Minister Willi Stoph is due to arrive on Thursday morning.
The night before Premier Stoph meets the West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, West Germany's ultra-right wing National Democratic Party plans to stage a rally in Kassel with the purpose of demonstrating against the talks.
The Christian Democratic Party Youth Association also plans to march -- in silent protest -- through the centre of the city. And on Thursday, refugees from East Germany and Eastern Europe hope to bring 5,000 people into Kassel for another silent protest at about the time Herr Stoph arrives by train.
Communist party groups meanwhile hope to have several thousand supporters on hand to cheer Herr Stoph's arrival.