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Hamburg sees first May Day clashes

DPA/The Local · 1 May 2010, 09:38

Published: 01 May 2010 09:38 GMT+02:00

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Friday night's violence in Hamburg was centred around the city's Schanzenviertel neighborhood, where according to police some 150 left-wing demonstrators lit a bonfire in a street outside a youth centre, threw bottles and stones at police, and damaged a bank branch.

At least 14 people were injured in the clashes, including a passer-by who was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a flying rock. In addition, thirteen police officers and three police dogs sustained injuries. Seven rioters were arrested.

Hamburg's Schanzenviertel neighborhood has been the scene of similar May Day clashes in recent years.

In Berlin, however, the night passed comparatively uneventfully, despite fears that the levels of May Day violence could be high this year. Berlin police reported that the around 4,000 people celebrating Walpurgis Night in the streets of the German capital did so relatively peacefully.

At Berlin's Boxhagener Platz in the Friedrichshain neighborhood, a few bottles and beer cans were thrown at police, but the large contingent of officers on the scene kept the situation under control. Several inebriated people were arrested but no injuries were reported.

The situation thus far has been markedly calmer than in 2009, when violence on the May Day weekend returned to the capital with a vengeance. Last year some 500 officers were injured and just under 300 people arrested.

For May Day itself, Saturday, police have prepared several large-scale operations aimed at heading off possible violence. A march by around 3,000 neo-Nazis is planned while some 10,000 left-wing anarchists are expected to gather in Berlin's Kreuzberg, an ethnically diverse, left-leaning neighborhood.

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Police will try to keep the two demonstrations separate and are deploying 6,000 officers in the streets. Police reinforcements from other federal states have been sent to the capital.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

12:57 May 1, 2010 by whatzup
When will it occur to Hamburg authorities that strict law enforcement is the best way to handle students out for Mayday binge.
15:00 May 1, 2010 by Eagle1
Such weak German authorities. Round up the protesters and beat the crap out of them. Problem solved.
15:32 May 1, 2010 by fair1day
Stop tolerating everything in the name of "open-mindedness".

Europe needs a mind-set change.

No wonder rioting is answer to anything you disagree with.
21:49 May 1, 2010 by SophiaH
Stop allowing communists to riot, burn, pillage, and attack physicaly , those who hold views they dont like. Thats reactionary and juvenile.

Typical communist incited rage and uncontrolled behavior. Exactly what the communists want so as to be able to use MILITARY CONTROL and

allow the world to see Germany, since WW2, has become the same as

Stalins Soviet. Time for Germans to stop the communists rape of Germany.
23:00 May 1, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Sophia --

I wrote it on another thread and I'll repeat it here:

People who conflate anti-Nazis with "communists" only demonstrate two things: (1) their ignorance, and (2) their Nazi proclivities. Sophia, you have identified yourself as a Nazi.
01:13 May 2, 2010 by dpcjpm
Sophia, I wrote on the other thread too but I'm not going to repeat it for a troll.
21:54 May 2, 2010 by wmm208
Plenty more rioting to come after Germany gives all of its taxpayer money away to Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc...Schade...
22:50 May 5, 2010 by wxman
Never let a socialist define you. It's what they do incessantly.
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