More than 20 different rallies took place in the German capital on Saturday and the vast majority of them were peaceful.
More than 50 police officers were injured and more than 250 protesters were arrested after traditional May 1 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 and the vast majority of them were peaceful. However, a left march of 8,000 people through the neighborhoods of Neukoelln and Kreuzberg, which has seen frequent clashes in recent decades, turned violent. Protesters threw bottles and stones at officers and burned trash cans and wooden pallets in the streets.
“We do not have definitive figures, but with regard to the more than 50 wounded colleagues and more than 250 detainees, it is clear that we were far from a peaceful May 1”, Stephan Kelm, deputy head of the union of Berlin police, told German news agency dpa.
He condemned the throwing of bottles and stones and the burning barricades in the streets, saying: “These are clear signs that this is not about political expression but that the right to assemble has been abused for commit serious crimes. “
There is currently a nighttime curfew in most parts of Germany due to the high number of coronavirus infections. But political demonstrations and religious gatherings are exempt from the curfew.