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After attacks 73% of polled Germans favour greater security measures

GERMANY – The majority of Germans favour greater security measures including public video surveillance, according to a poll taken following a lorry attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week.

The results of the YouGov poll taken for DPA found on Sunday that 60% of Germans favour greater video surveillance in public spaces, while 73%  were in favour of larger police forces.

The Christmas market at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church had not been under surveillance by police cameras at the time of the attack.

The Berlin city-state’s current senate is against an expanded video presence, but in an interview with the weekly Bild am Sonntag newspaper, German Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called on the senate “urgently” to rethink its position on the issue.

Meanwhile, the western Berlin Christmas market will remain open as planned through to 1 January, said Klaus-Juergen Meier, the head of the trade organisation that runs the market.