The German Police Union says at least 93 policemen were injured and 354 protesters were arrested when the traditional May Day rallies in Berlin became violent
At least 93 police were injured and 354 protesters were detained after the traditional May Day rallies in Berlin turned violent, the city’s security officer said on Sunday.
More than 20 different demonstrations took place in the German capital on Saturday and the vast majority were peaceful. However, a leftist march of 8,000 people through the city’s Neukoelln and Kreuzberg neighborhoods, which has seen clashes in recent decades, has turned violent. Protesters threw bottles and stones at police officers and burned trash cans and wooden pallets on the streets.
“Violence against police and a blind and destructive rage have nothing to do with political protest,” said Berlin State Interior Minister Andreas Geisel.
Geisel condemned the launch of bottles and stones, the barricades on fire in the streets and, above all, violence against the police.
“The high number of wounded policemen leaves me stunned. I wish a speedy recovery to all who were injured in the line of duty, ”he said.[nls_theme1]“The high number of wounded policemen leaves me stunned. I wish a speedy recovery to all who were injured in the line of duty, ”he said.
There is an evening curfew in most of Germany because of the high number of coronavirus infections, but political protests and religious meetings are exempt from curfew.
In France, the May Day marches in Paris and the city of Lyon in the south were also marked by dispersed violence, with riot police directed by small groups of violent protesters who threw projectiles and trash cans. Police made 56 arrests – 46 of them in Paris, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. According to the report, six police officers were injured, three of them in Paris.
The CGT union that organized the main march in Paris said that violent protesters also targeted their protesters at the end of the demonstration, covering them with homophobic, sexist and racist bullets, insults and insults. The union said 21 of its participants were injured, four of them seriously.