Published: 22 Mar 08 11:16 CET
Romanian police said on Friday they briefly detained and then expelled six German "anarchists" allegedly planning to join anti-NATO protests during an upcoming summit of the transatlantic alliance.
Police "found CDs, magazines, posters and badges with anti-NATO and anti-globalization contents" in a search of the groups' two cars.
Officials said Romania - an EU member since last year - may expel EU nationals if they "threaten public order or national security."
But human rights groups, including the Romanian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, criticized the decision to deport the six, saying Romania was "violating fundamental rights of European nationals."
Romania, which will host the NATO summit from April 2-4, has imposed stringent security measures tightening border controls and mobilizing a total 23,000 police officers, firefighters and special police forces.
Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu said Thursday that Romania and its NATO allies "will monitor anti-NATO or anti-globalization groups, well before they enter Romanian territory."