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Violence after Hamburg derby is cancelled

Fights erupted between rival football fans in Hamburg on Saturday night after the Bundesliga derby between Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli was cancelled because of heavy rain.

Violence after Hamburg derby is cancelled
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Up to 200 hooligans threw bottles and fireworks at police called to deal with the fight, and a police car was smashed up. One person was arrested and 45 people taken into custody.

Following the cancellation of the match after persistent rain, fans of both clubs gathered in various bars before converging on a St. Pauli fan bar. The attacks were reportedly started by Hamburger SV fans.

After the police initially diffused the situation, small bands of supporters of both teams then allegedly roamed the St. Pauli district.

The police had been expecting violence ahead of the derby. Police and stadium workers had already discovered fireworks attached to seats in the stands of Hamburg’s Imtech Arena in the past few days.

Last September, the teams faced each other in the league for the first time in eight years. Fights between fans broke out ahead of the game.

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German police under fire for using tracing app to find witnesses

German police drew criticism Tuesday for using an app to trace contacts from bars and restaurants in the fight against the pandemic as part of an investigation.

A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant.
A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marijan Murat

The case stemming from November last year began after the fatal fall of a man while leaving a restaurant in the western city of Mainz.

Police seeking possible witnesses made use of data from an app known as Luca, which was designed for patrons to register time spent in restaurants and taverns to track the possible spread of coronavirus.

Luca records the length of time spent at an establishment along with the patron’s full name, address and telephone number – all subject to Germany’s strict data protection laws.

However the police and local prosecutors in the case in Mainz successfully appealed to the municipal health authorities to gain access to information about 21 people who visited the restaurant at the same time as the man who died.

After an outcry, prosecutors apologised to the people involved and the local data protection authority has opened an inquiry into the affair.

“We condemn the abuse of Luca data collected to protect against infections,” said the company that developed the Luca app, culture4life, in a statement.

It added that it had received frequent requests for its data from the authorities which it routinely rejected.

Konstantin von Notz, a senior politician from the Greens, junior partners in the federal coalition, warned that abuse of the app could undermine public trust.

“We must not allow faith in digital apps, which are an important tool in the fight against Covid-19, to disappear,” he told Tuesday’s edition of Handelsblatt business daily.

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