Security is an important word, and practice, in West Germany these days. The kidnapping in?
Security is an important word, and practice, in West Germany these days. The kidnapping in September of indus Martin Schleyer and last week's hijacking of a Lufthansa 737 jetliner with 90 passengers on board were two of the latest, and most lurid, examples of the continuing wave of terrorism in the Federal Republic. Leading politicians, and many businessmen and financiers, consider themselves potential victims of some form of terrorist strike...and move warily inside protective layers of security.
SYNOPSIS: An armoured police vehicle on duty on Sunday (16 October) outside a prime target for terrorists...the Federal Chancellery in Bonn. Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was inside with members of his cabinet in one of the protracted emergency sessions that began when the Lufthansa airliner was hijacked. Herr Schmidt and his advisers were holding firm against both the hijackers and Herr Schleyer kidnappers. Opinion polls say most Germans back this non-surrender policy.
Patrolling inside the Chancellery grounds...more armoured vehicles and armed guards of a special corps, the Federal Frontier Service. Backing their vigilant eyes and firearms are sophisticated devices, such as this electronically controlled gate that sinks into a ground slot to allow vehicles to pass in or out. No guard need be exposed to potential snipers.
Terrorists have been slashing savagely at the West German establishment since leaders of the Baader-Meinhof gang were jailed five years ago. Earlier this year Federal Attorney Seigfried Buback, who prosecuted at the Baader-Mainhof trial, was gunned down in his limousine. Shortly afterwards, Dresden Bank president Jurgen Ponto was murdered in his Frankfurt home. Late last year, West German police discovered a coded book with a list containing names of leading politicians, industrialists and financiers reportedly set down for assassination. Since then, the well-protected Hanns Schleyer has been kidnapped and the two others murdered. Hence the need for the intensive and increasing security.