BERLIN (AP) – At least 93 police officers were injured and 354 protesters were detained after traditional Berlin rallies erupted, the city’s top security official said on Sunday.
More than 20 different gatherings took place in the German capital on Saturday, and the vast majority of them were peaceful. However, a left-wing march of 8,000 people through the city’s Neukoelln and Kreuzberg neighborhoods, which have seen clashes in recent decades, turned violent. Protesters threw bottles and rocks at officers and burned trash cans and wooden pallets in the streets.
“Violence against police officers and a blind, destructive anger 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 high number of wounded officers leaves me amazed. I wish all those who were injured during the duty a speedy recovery, ”he said.
Night curfews are banned in most parts of Germany due to the high number of coronavirus infections, but political protests and religious gatherings are exempt from the curfew.
In France, May 1 marches in Paris and the southern city of Lyon were also marred by scattered violence with rebel officers targeted by small groups of violent protesters throwing projectiles and trash cans. Police made 56 arrests – 46 of them in Paris, the Interior Ministry said Sunday. It said six officers were injured, three of them in Paris.
The CGT union, which organized the main march in Paris, said violent protesters also targeted their marchers at the end of the demonstration, flooding them with projectiles, blows and homophobes, sexist and racist insults. The union said 21 of its participants were injured, four seriously.