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Traditional snowball fight turns into giant melee in Leipzig

The Local · 30 Nov 2010, 14:34

Published: 30 Nov 2010 14:34 GMT+01:00

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A group of 40 people had gathered late Monday for an annual ritual that comes with the first snow of the season, but the scene at the city’s Connewitzer Kreuz intersection quickly degenerated into a massive free-for-all that required police intervention.

"The black-clad mob threw not only snow but also firecrackers, bottles and rocks," the police said in a statement.

Click here for photos of the winter weather chaos gripping Germany.

More than 500 people joined the fracas, snarling traffic and sparking a major police operation.

"Officers became the main target of the hooligans but a completely uninvolved car driver also fell victim, with the mob smashing his windscreen with a beer bottle and injuring his arm."

Two officers were wounded in the fray and a police car was damaged before the group could be broken up.

There have been several altercations between the police and leftists in the neighbourhood around Connewitzer Kreuz in the past and there was a massive snowball fight only last January that also descended into chaos.

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16:26 November 30, 2010 by hanskarl
I would have to surmise by the lack of detail that the magistrate has been threatened in the past or felt threatened that day or was at the short end of his wits and just lost control. For this he should and will pay the price, legally and civilly.

Leipzig is another matter. As the cliche states, "it takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch." There were more than one in Leipzig Monday. Sad that gangs and hoodlums will ruin a good natured gathering.
16:49 November 30, 2010 by dbert4
Oh no this never happens in ..................(insert US city)! Not without the guns being brought out!
16:56 November 30, 2010 by hanskarl
"Oh no this never happens in ..................(insert US city)! Not without the guns being brought out! "

Yes, just like the German Magistrate!! LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!
17:43 November 30, 2010 by antrodemus
They do this in Leipzig at least once every winter. Nothing new.
23:24 November 30, 2010 by wxman
Die Oster acting up again. Nothing new.
07:17 December 1, 2010 by auniquecorn
Unbelievable, This never happens in Honalulu, Hawaii
09:30 December 1, 2010 by MichaelMolenaar

Hey! I live in Minnesota too
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