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Ruling conservatives in the southern German state argue the law brings police legally and technologically up-to-date. Critics say the expanded police powers are a threat to civil liberties.
Bavarian State Premier Markus Söder has launched a war of words with Germany's far-right AfD. Bavaria's Christian Social Union is vying to win back voters ahead of October's state election.
Police law changes wanted by Bavaria's conservatives have drawn at least 30,000 protesters to Munich. Critics have decried the bill as draconian and warn it could become a blueprint for harsh policing across Germany.
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