Hundreds of people gathered at the city's Connewitzer Kreuz intersection for some wintry fun on Saturday evening, but the situation quickly snowballed as they began targeting public transportation and the windows of a nearby supermarket.
As police arrived on the scene, they were also attacked with snowballs and bottles. Two officers were injured, the paper reported. The authorities eventually had to redirect trams and buses and shut the major street intersection to car traffic.
There have been several altercations between the police and leftists in the neighbourhood around Connewitzer Kreuz in the past and the city had expected unrest on New Year's Eve. But until Saturday night there hadn't been any disturbances.