More than 160,000 join German trade deal protest

In Berlin, as in Munich, there was a sea of flags as people flocked to join the rallies despite the rain, carrying placards and banners representing dozens of anti-globalisation groups, NGOs, political parties and unions, AFP correspondents said.

“People are not letting their mood be ruined” by the weather, a spokeswoman for the organisers, Kathrin Ottovay, told AFP.

Roland Suess from anti-globalisation group Attac had earlier told AFP they expected 250,000 people to turn out in seven major German cities — including some 70,000 in Berlin.

Some organisers put the national turnout as high as 320,000 while police put the figure at between 163,000 and 188,000.

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