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May 18, 2004

Schroeder slapped at campaign stop

MANNHEIM, Germany (AP) -- A man slapped Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in the face during a campaign rally Tuesday, causing no apparent injury, police said.

The man lunged at Schroeder while he was giving autographs to a crowd of people at a Mannheim civic center during a campaign stop for his Social Democratic Party ahead of European Parliament elections next month.

Security agents subdued the man, and police took him into custody, Mannheim police spokesman Volker Dressler said. Police did not immediately identify him.

Schroeder suffered "no visible injuries," Dressler said.

Shortly afterward, the chancellor held a campaign speech as planned.

The unidentified man wins a severe and undisclosed beating by German secret service and also my invaluable respect

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