Dozens of groups of “youths” rioted in the centre of the city of Stuttgart last night, causing severe property damage, looting, and injuring police officers.
20 people were arrested and more than a dozen police officers were injured amidst the chaos, according to a report by ZDF Heute. There was extensive property damage, with many shop windows broken, and rioters pulled cobblestones out of the streets and threw them at officers. Many police vehicles were damaged as well. Widespread looting was also reported.
Ik zal het nog eens herhalen (Facebook heeft mij daar 30 dagen voor geblokkeerd): de politie moet met rubberkogels schieten op dit tuig, niet om hen te doden maar om hen tijdelijk uit te schakelen en onschadelijk te maken. pic.twitter.com/2LhvSnY0yq
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Motief van de rellen "onbekend". pic.twitter.com/7KL8n1cpnL
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Although the situation was severe enough that emergency services from other areas of Baden-Württemberg had to be called in to reinforce the city’s resources, the situation was said to have calmed down by Sunday morning. The authorities are still in the process of assessing the extent of the damage.
Police said that hundreds of people were involved in the violence, although split up into many small groups.
The rioting apparently began after police had stopped someone on suspicion of a drug-related offence. Gangs of youths then began to assemble in solidarity with the suspect and began their attacks in the area of the Schlossplatz.
Cities across Western Europe have been rocked by violence in recent weeks in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being taken into police custody in the United States last month, setting off widespread rioting there as well.
Stuttgart also saw violence and rioting last month when Antifa thugs assaulted demonstrators at protests in opposition to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. Some of those attacked had to be hospitalised, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.