Germans Protest Online Surveillance

---German riot police bock left wing demonstrators as they take part at a demonstration of about 8.000 protesters at the boulevard 'Unter den Linden' in central Berlin on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007. The demonstrators protested against a 'surveillance state' and planned laws to collect personal and private data. Banner reads "Terror by law". (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
Demonstrators in Berlin on Saturday protested against state surveillance and a new anti-terror package proposed by the interior minister.

The proposal includes online searches of private computers and telecom data.

In spite of the few scuffles between police and radical left groups the demonstration with about 8,000 protestors, was peaceful.

The demonstration started at the Berlin landmark, Brandenberg Gate and went through the center of Berlin. The demonstration went under the title "Stop the surveillance madness."

According to organizers, it was called by 50 different groups and German opposition parties.

"I don't think people are ready to give up their personal freedom," one protestor said. "The demonstration shows it."