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divided US Supreme Court
yesterday said police can
continue to take DNA from
people they arrest without
getting a warrant. The
court s five-justice majority
said DNA testing was a le-
gitimate police arrest proce-
dure, like fingerprinting.
"Taking and analysing a
cheek swab of the arrestee
DNA is, like fingerprinting
and photographing, a legiti-
mate police booking proce-
dure that is reasonable
under the Fourth Amend-
ment," Justice Anthony
Kennedy wrote for the
court s five-justice majority,
referring to the US Consti-
But the four dissenting
justices said that the court
was allowing a major change
in police powers.
"Make no mistake about it:
because of today s decision,
your DNA can be taken and
entered into a national data-
base if you are ever arrested,
rightly or wrongly, and for
whatever reason," conserva-
tive Justice Antonin Scalia
said in a sharp dissent.
At least 28 states and the
federal government now
take DNA swabs after ar-
rivers gushed into the old sec-
tion of Passau in southeast
Germany yesterday, as water
rose in the city to levels not
seen in more than five cen-
The city was one of the worst
hit by flooding that has spread
across a large area of central
Europe following heavy rainfall
in recent days.
At least eight people were
reported to have died and nine
were missing due to floods in
Germany, Austria, Switzerland
and the Czech Republic.
"The situation is extremely
dramatic," said Herbert Zillinger,
a spokesman for Passau s crisis
Much of the city was inac-
cessible on foot, he said. Res-
cuers were using boats to evac-
uate residents from flooded
parts of the city. Authorities in
the afternoon evacuated a
prison that was in danger of
But with water from the
Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers
relentlessly pouring into the
city, water was advancing into
previously dry streets---in one
case going from dry to ankle-
deep within half an hour.
Markers set in 1954, when
the city suffered its worst flood-
ing in living memory, have dis-
appeared beneath the rising
The German news agency
dpa said the water levels were
the highest recorded since 1501
in Passau, a city of 50,000 peo-
ple that dates from before
The German army said it has
soldiers to help local authorities
and volunteers reinforce flood
defences, particularly in the
south and east of the country.
Chancellor Angela Merkel
planned to visit flood-hit areas
today, her spokesman said.
Elsewhere, authorities in the
Czech Republic said more than
7,000 people had to be evac-
uated as of yesterday afternoon
as the flood-swollen Vltava
River continued to rise.
Those evacuated included
residents of southern neigh-
bourhoods in Prague and the
town of Terezin also known as
Theresienstadt, the former Jew-
ish concentration camp during
the Nazi WWII occupation.
Prague s central sewage treat-
ment plant was shut down yes-
terday to prevent its damage by
the high water. That means that
the sewage from the capital goes
directly to the river.
Parts of the city s subway
transportation network also
were shut down because of
Rescuers evacuated some
2,700 people across the western
half of the country where the
government declared a state of
emergency in most regions.
Some had to leave their
homes in the southern neigh-
bourhoods of Prague, while fur-
ther evacuations have been
under way in the northern
Czech Republic, awaiting a
flood wave later yesterday. (AP)
Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees
Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
Czech Republic affected as...
In this aerial view the swollen river Mulde and the floods around some houses north of
Eilenburg, Germany, are photographed yesterday. Heavy rainfalls caused flooding along rivers
and lakes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. AP PHOTO
Turkish PM, president
at odds over protests
ANKARA, TURKEY---Turkish riot
police launched round after round of
tear gas against protesters yesterday,
the fourth day of violent demonstra-
tions, as the president and the prime
minister staked competing positions
on the unrest.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
rejected the protesters demands that
he resign and dismissed the demon-
strations as the work of Turkey s oppo-
sition. President Abdullah Gul, for his
part, praised the mostly peaceful pro-
testers as expressing their democratic
Turkey has been rocked by violent
demonstrations since Friday, when
police launched a pre-dawn raid against
a peaceful sit-in protesting plans to
uproot trees in Istanbul s main Taksim
Square. Since then, the demonstrations
by mostly secular-minded Turks have
spiralled into Turkey s biggest anti-
government disturbances in years.
Turkey s main stock exchange
dropped 10.5 per cent yesterday.
"The protests weren t about the
squares or the trees, some parties were
not happy about results of the elec-
tions," Erdogan said late yesterday while
on a visit to Morocco. "The situation
is a lot calmer now and reason seems
to be prevailing. I think things will
return to normal. These demonstrations
are not all over Turkey, just in some
The Obama administration voiced
concern yesterday over Turkey s crack-
down on protesters, urging authorities
to exercise restraint and all sides to
refrain from violence.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who
has travelled to Turkey three times since
becoming America s top diplomat, said
the US was following the situation
closely and was troubled by reports of
excessive force by the police. He also
said Washington is "deeply concerned"
by the large number of people who
have been injured.
Yesterday Erdogan angrily rejected
comparisons with the current protests
and the Arab Spring uprisings that top-
pled governments in Tunisia, Libya and
"We already have a spring in Turkey,"
he said, alluding to the nation s free
elections. "But there are those who
want to turn this spring into winter.
"Be calm, these will all pass," he said.
Appearing defensive and angry, he
lashed out at reporters who asked
whether the government had under-
stood the protesters message.
"What is the message? I want to
hear it from you," Erdogan retorted.
Gul said democracy was more than
just going to the ballot box.
"Democracy does not mean elections
alone. There can be nothing more nat-
ural for the expression of various views,
various situations and objections
through a variety of ways besides elec-
tions," he said. "The views that are
well-intentioned have been read, seen
and noted and the messages have been
Erdogan retorted: "I don t know what
the president said, but for me democ-
racy is all about the ballot box." (AP)
A young man helps a woman affected by tear gas with a spray in the city centre
in Ankara, Turkey, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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