Dutzende gewalttätige Kleingruppen haben in der Nacht zum Sonntag in der Innenstadt von #Stuttgart randaliert und mehrere Polizisten verletzt. Inzwischen hat sich die Lage beruhigt. Die Hintergründe der Auseinandersetzung sind noch unklar. https://t.co/LZMQ1v1e01 pic.twitter.com/JJEMj2td5a
– SWR Aktuell BW (@SWRAktuellBW) June 21, 2020
In all 24 people were arrested (half of whom are German) and 19 policemen were injured. At least 30 stores were allegedly vandalized and nine looted. According to local authorities, the “seriously damaged” steering wheels would be 12. At first, the police attempted to repel the attack using pepper spray, but the situation would have rapidly deteriorated when several hundred people (according to the German newspaper) DW about 500, including many teenagers) would have started throwing not only stones and bottles, but also material collected from a construction site against the agents. The situation only came under control shortly before dawn when around 300 officers were deployed, including members of the federal police.
– Berno (@Berno_Graf) June 21, 2020
Stuttgart police chief Franz Lutz said that in “46 years of police service” he had never seen anything like this. The governor of the state of Baden-Württemberg, of which Stuttgart is the capital, Winfried Kretschmann, condemned the violence by calling it “criminal actions that must be prosecuted and forcefully condemned” as well as the mayor of Stuttgart Fritz Kuhn who defined the violence ” unacceptable. ”
According to the police, the clashes did not have political reasons, and the city mayor said the violence may have been fueled by alcohol abuse or a desire for videos to be filmed on social media. Second DW, on Sunday afternoon most of the destroyed windows had been removed and many temporarily replaced with wooden boards with the words “Create, not distroy” (“Create, don’t destroy”).