The BBC reports:
"Last Updated: Thursday, 8 September 2005, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Six campaigners held at EU summit
Six civil liberties campaigners have been arrested outside a summit of European ministers on Tyneside.
A spokesman for the group NO2ID said two cars were driving towards the venue of the meeting in Gosforth on Thursday when police stopped them.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said four men and two women were held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
It comes on the second day of the three-day interior ministers' meeting.
About 70 EU ministers were attending the summit where host Home Secretary Charles Clarke was confident of securing a deal with his European counterparts on controversial counter-terrorist measures.
The NO2ID group said they were arrested on Thursday morning on the grounds they may cause a breach of the peace.
The campaigners, who were going to wear orange boiler suits and bar codes on their foreheads, had created a massive ID card to highlight what they see as an increasing restriction on civil liberties.
A spokesman for the group said: "The two cars were approaching the venue when they were stopped and searched under the spurious grounds that there might be a breach of the peace.
"Before they could even protest about our civil liberties being eroded they were arrested.
"It is shocking that we could not have a peaceful protest in a peaceful country but this is what these ministers want."
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "Four men and two women have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage and are currently in custody.
"Inquiries are on-going."
All of the NO2ID supporters that we have ever met have been entirely peaceful.
To be arrested before they even get to the EU Summit on some dubious "conspiracy to commit criminal damage", charge, is plainly an attempt to supress the democratic right to protest peacefully.
How are six people dressed in orange boiler suits with barcodes printed on their bodies, hoping to attract media attention, any sort of threat to the security of the EU Summit ?
The protestors should be released immediately, an a complaint should be made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Yhe mainstream media should ask Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who is responsible for the "security" of the EU Summit, about how exactly Civil Liberties are not supposedly being threatened by his misguided proposals outlined in his speech yesterday, and by his Government's curtailment of the right to free speach, and freedom of assembly and peaceful protest.