BERLIN – More than 50 police officers were injured and more than 250 protesters were detained after the traditional May Day rallies in Berlin turned violent, the German Police Union said on Sunday.
More than 20 different rallies took place in the German capital on Saturday, most of them peaceful. The left-wing march of 8,000 people through the city’s Neucoin and Kreuzberg districts, which has often seen clashes in recent decades, is turning into violence. Protesters threw bottles and stones at officers and burned garbage containers and wooden pallets in the streets.
“We do not have final figures, but as for the known more than 50 injured colleagues and more than 250 arrests, it is clear that we were far from a peaceful May 1
He condemned the throwing of bottles and stones and burning barricades in the streets, saying: “These are clear signs that this is not a political expression, but that the right to collect has been abused to commit serious crimes.”
There is currently a night curfew in most parts of Germany due to the large number of coronavirus infections. But political protests and religious gatherings were released from the curfew.