Tens of thousands of opponents of a proposed transatlantic trade deal poured into German streets Saturday on the eve of a visit by President Obama.
A loose coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and consumer protection groups in the northern city of Hanover said they drew a crowd of 90,000 to a march and rally outside the city’s opera house.
Police mobilized a large force to keep the peace and estimated attendance at 35,000.
Obama’s trip — to open an industrial technology fair and hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders — was intended to lend momentum to flagging efforts to see the world’s biggest trade pact finalized this year. (AFP)
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