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Protest rally at suspected German NSA site

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July 20, 2013 12:48 PM EST | AP

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BERLIN — German police say several hundred people staged a protest at a suspected U.S. surveillance facility near Frankfurt.

Protesters held up fake cameras in what they described as a bid to "spy" on the heavily secured military complex allegedly housing a snooping facility of the National Security Agency.

One protester wore a helmet bearing the phrase "democracy is watching you."

Police spokeswoman Andrea Loeb said some 450 protesters turned out for the rally Saturday at the U.S. military's so-called Dagger Complex on the outskirts of Griesheim town.

Allegations by leaker Edward Snowden about the NSA's wide-ranging spying activities targeting data and phone communication worldwide have caused concern in Germany, where protecting personal data is an especially sensitive topic.