BERLIN (AP) – At least 93 police officers were injured and 354 protesters were detained after the traditional May Day rallies in Berlin turned violent, a senior security official in the city 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 Neukoiln and Kreuzberg neighborhoods, which have seen clashes in recent decades, has turned violent. Protesters threw bottles and stones at officers and burned trash cans and wooden pallets in the streets.
“Violence against police officers and blind, destructive rage have nothing to do with political protest,”
Geisel condemned the throwing of bottles and stones, the burning barricades in the streets and especially the violence against the police.
“The large number of injured employees leaves me stunned. “I wish all those injured in the line of duty a speedy recovery,” he said.
There is a night curfew in most parts of Germany due to the large number of coronavirus infections, but political protests and religious gatherings have been cleared from the curfew.
In France, May Day marches in Paris and the southern city of Lyon were also marred by scattered violence, with riot officers targeting small groups of demonstrators throwing shells and trash cans. Police have made 56 arrests – 46 in Paris, the interior ministry said on Sunday. It says six police officers were injured, three of them in Paris.
The CGT union, which organized the main rally in Paris, said violent protesters also targeted protesters at the end of the rally, showering them with shells, blows and homophobic, sexist and racist insults. The union said 21 of its members were injured, four seriously.