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Police arrest 70 in left-wing Berlin riots

The Local · 29 Jan 2012, 16:44

Published: 29 Jan 2012 16:44 GMT+01:00

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A former squat in the city’s southern Friedrichshain area, which was evicted this time last year, was attacked by a group of 100 people at around 00:30 on Sunday morning.

When the police arrived at the Liebigstrasse 14 building, the group ran off into the side streets of the area which is known for left-wing communes.

Some set fire to a van and smashed the windows of two banks with bricks, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.

“The willingness to use violence within the extreme-left scene remains high,” Berlin state interior minister Frank Henkel told the paper. “The police won’t let themselves rise to this obvious provocation.”

In the nearby Rigaer street, police stormed a left-wing squat above a bar popular with residents of the building and other left-wingers from the area.

When police tried to enter the commune, guests at the bar threw bottles at them, prompting officers to use pepper spray.

Those in the bar, known as Kadterschmiede, were holding a meeting about an upcoming demonstration against a European police conference being held in Berlin in February.

Also on Saturday, 1,000 protesters gathered in the Neukölln district to protest police violence – and some rioted and smashed several shop windows after officers broke up the demonstration.

The Berlin squatting and left-wing scene erupted in anger last February after the squat “Leibig 14” – named after its street address – was evicted by police.

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The building is being renovated and will be turned into apartments, further fuelling local anger at gentrification.

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Your comments about this article

17:46 January 29, 2012 by Englishted
Boy this one should get the good old boys of redneckland screaming some abuse,I just wait and see should be entertaining.
17:50 January 29, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Seems the only abuse here is from you, Englishted.
17:55 January 29, 2012 by Englishted

What "good old boys " ?
20:25 January 29, 2012 by danclarkie
Can anyone explain this little gem in the article above:

"Some set fire to a van on fire"
22:28 January 29, 2012 by Craptastic
@danclarke: I can explain. It's called poor editing. Can you explain to me how people riot and damage the shops of small business owners to protest "brutality"? Do you think the shop owners feel brutalised this morning? Maybe you can ask Englishted.
22:28 January 29, 2012 by Jeffvm
Or what about the brilliant remark

"... "Leibig 14¦quot; ­ named after its address ­ ..."
03:10 January 30, 2012 by Larry Thrash
Count me as a redneck, Englishted because I don't support these uncivilzed bigots, haters, loser, fleabaggers, and brown shirts.
05:20 January 30, 2012 by heyheyhey


You are an obnoxious pain in the ARSE!

You would not be missed, you jerk.
07:26 January 30, 2012 by wenddiver
They have to evict them, so they can make room for a new Doctor from Pakistan.

Why can't people be more supportive when the police throw their personal trash out.

Some people just think their entitled to be treted like human beings, shame on them. ; )
14:15 January 30, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks

Regarding Englishshited and his remarks, just ignore them. He joy comes from irritating the readers and provoking their responses, not from saying anything intelligent. I've got many friends who write online comments just to irritate people for fun. Best to ignore their remarks so they stop writing and go back to the bathroom to play with themselves.
16:02 January 30, 2012 by romber58
I agree that this article is very poorly written.

It is not the first time that it has happened.

Mayby one of the invisible people responsible for the site would like to try and give an explanation or excuse for the lazy editing.

After all,if they dont take their own work seriously why should we?
18:22 January 30, 2012 by Englishted
Well my ,my I was correct in my forecast.

I actual am glad the police arrested the culprits who are as has been pointed are no more than criminal thugs hiding behind a political idea that has no liking for their behavior,any more than you right winger support the murders carried out in your name.

Strange though that many of you turned on me and left the articular alone I was not to know rednecks was such a form of abuse that people would use excrete,masturbation, and piles to try to prove their point.

Personally to hey hey hey as I have said before you know where I come from yet you are ashamed of you original home to divulge its whereabouts why?
18:50 January 30, 2012 by Wise Up!
So much for right wing extremism…..
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