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Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Five arrested over EU summit 'attack'
Goran Persson and Gerhard Schroeder
EU leaders are preparing for the Gothenburg summit later this week
Swedish police have arrested five people suspected of preparing an attack during the EU summit in the Swedish town of Gothenburg later this week.

The five were arrested at 0400 local time following a raid at an apartment in Gothenburg, police spokesman Jon Olsson told BBC News Online.

According to a statement issued by police, forensic scientists are examining material seized during the arrests.

"After a lengthy investigation, police raided an apartment in Gothenburg at 0400 this morning. During that raid, five people born in the late 1970s were arrested and a confiscation was carried out," the statement said.

"The confiscated material has been sent to the National Laboratory of Forensic Science for analysis," it said.

Bush visit

The statement gave no further information on the nature of the confiscated material, nor the nationality of the five arrested.

They were not known to the police before, Mr Olsson said.

Laura and George W Bush
US President Bush is to visit Gothenburg as part of his current EU tour
The suspects are currently being questioned by the police, the spokesman said.

A two-day summit wrapping up Sweden's six-month presidency of the European Union is to start on Friday in the western Swedish town, with leaders from the 15 member states visiting the town.

US President George W Bush is also scheduled to visit Gothenburg on Thursday for a one-day US-EU summit.

Planned protests

Tens of thousands of demonstrators plan to take to the streets of Gothenburg during the summit.

A wide coalition of groups, most of them who see the EU as undemocratic and part of the threat of globalisation, are expected to march in the centre of the town.

A demonstration is also planned for Thursday, when President Bush meets EU leaders during his visit.

Swedish police had said they did not expect violence from protesters during the summit, but that they were prepared for it should it happen.

Demonstrations at last year's EU summit in Nice turned violent when protesters tried to advance on the site of the meeting.

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