Leipzig: Hooded people attack police officers

Again there were attacks on the police during a demonstration in Leipzig. In the evening, stones were thrown at officials and vehicles. Three quarters.

In Leipzig, a spontaneous demonstration escalated in the left-wing alternative district of Connewitz on Friday evening. Police said masked people threw paving stones and bricks at a police station and arriving emergency services, trash cans were set on fire, and burning barricades were placed on the rails of the tram. “Rocks were thrown on our forces and vehicles en masse,” police spokeswoman Dorothea Benndorf reported. According to preliminary findings, eight officers were slightly injured. Six police vehicles were damaged. Initially there were no arrests. The police used tear gas.

The trigger was the eviction on Wednesday

The background of the demo, which had not been recorded, was crouching. On Wednesday, the police put an end to an occupation of an empty house in the east of Leipzig. Protests were then called in on-site online networks. On Friday afternoon, activists reported another occupation in the Connewitz district via Twitter. In the afternoon the police were also present there. On Thursday there was already a demonstration from which police officers were attacked.

About 100 people had gathered for the spontaneous demonstration – almost all dressed in black and with hoods. The police spoke of 200 to 300 participants. First firecrackers and missiles flew, then the elevator started moving quickly to a police station. Anti-police slogans were shouted. Stones flew against the windows of the police station.

Police cars collided with each other

The police then increased the number of emergency services. The officers were pelted with stones and bottles in various streets. Two police cars collided with each other, which the stone throwers acknowledged with scornful shout. The violent outbreak of violence lasted for about 45 minutes. Then the situation calmed down. The police also used a helicopter.

The fire brigade had to put out some smaller fires. Local residents helped clear the road sign barricades and burning trash cans from the streets. Some called to the rioters to get out of Connewitz.

There are always riots in the neighborhood. On Friday evening, officials were pelted with bottles during a demonstration. There, too, barricades were erected and waste containers set on fire. There may be more unrest throughout the weekend. Another demonstration was announced for Saturday evening.

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