Between 40 to 50 young people gathered at around 1am on Sunday morning at a fast-food restaurant at the entrance of Munich’s eastern train station (Ostbahnhof) and some conflicts started to break out, police reported.
Ostbahnhof in Munich. Photo: Bundespolizei.
Public transport employees told police that the young people started verbally and somewhat physically fighting with one another.
When a police patrol arrived, they stopped an 18-year-old young man, who train station employees said had been the main aggressor, and started to take down his personal information. But this seemed to make the situation worse.
The rest of the 40 to 50 others became aggressive towards the police and started harassing them. The officers had to call in reinforcements to the scene and block off the entrance to the station for safety concerns, even evacuating the area.
The young people, who had arrived initially in separate groups, started to join together to shout “Fuck police” at the officers, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). A police spokesman told the newspaper that more and more often, police have observed people coming together in solidarity against police, even if they have nothing to do with what is happening.
“This can be during a ticket check and identity verification, that people interfere and say ‘don’t put up with that’,” police spokesman Simon Hegewald told the SZ.
“This is a trend that is not good for our officers.”
Police said that the young people consistently ignored their instructions. Some 20 federal police,12 state police as well as Deutsche Bahn transit security workers had to be called in to finally defuse the situation.
“The interference with official actions has unfortunately become very familiar to federal police in Munich’s train stations,” police wrote in their report.
The Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung reported that police are still investigating the incident for any crimes that were committed, and are reviewing surveillance videos.