A mobile water cannon. Not used by the military. Never been to a war zone. Unlike humvees and bearcats.
A picture of a German policeman in riot gear with a Tac700 launcer (a glorified paintball marker with 20-50m range). Any bets how that compares to tactical body armor, M4 carbine rifles, and 37mm grenade launchers?
Nice find, didn't know about that vehicle before. That image is from 2007, and the event was an ASEM meeting in Hamburg. You'd expect "something" when the foreign secretaries of about 50 nations meet in a city, don't you?
Ah well, the always popular CASTOR transports. A tiresome and controversal topic for sure. Yes, that vehicle was imo neither appropriate nor necessary in that situation.
So you say that a host nation shouldn't take security measures when 28 heads of state/goverment (including the president of the USA) meet in a single location? Because that's where that image is from - NATO summit 2009 in Strasbourg/Kehl.
Did you really just google for "German police weapons" or something, without reading a single word about the images' backgrounds? This image is from 2010, when the Reichstag (seat of the German parliament) was closed after thought to be targeted by an islamic terrorist cell. The weapon is an MP5, a submachine gun, which is nothing extra-ordinary for police officers guarding parts of the goverment during a threat situation
Riot gear? Check.
Water cannon? Check.
Military hardware you'd expect in a war zone? Nope.
See comment above.
Members of the SEK
, a special response unit that deals with hostage situations, sieges, and raids, not with protesters or rioters. The image supposedly shows SEK members after a man took a hostage in a Cologne nursery last year (the building was eventually stormed and the kidnapper stopped with a single shot to the shoulder).
All in all: nice attempt, but I've seen better. Several of the pictures you've posted were either taken out of context (NATO summit, ASEM meeting, ...), or didn't show police dealing with protesters (SEK members, police guarding the seat of the parliament, ...).
Please try again.
And while you're at it, please reread my words. I never said the German police was unarmed. I never said the German police wasn't capable of getting rough. I did say that the German police doesn't use military grade equipment (assault rifles, grenade launchers, ...) when dealing with protesters
. Mobile water cannons aren't military grade, no matter how bulky the trucks look.
image that shows a military-grade vehicle being employed reactively as a response against protesters is the one about the CASTOR transport. Those transports were a controversial topic whenever they came up, and reactions on both sides of the fence typically went overboard. Nevertheless, even those incidents and the equipment displayed and employed there are not comparable to the militarization of US law enforcement in the wake of the 1033 program
. Not. Comparable. At. All.