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Up to 50 teens harass police officers in Munich train station

A group of teens and young people banded together to harass police at a train station in Munich, leading officers to evacuate part of the station at the weekend.

Up to 50 teens harass police officers in Munich train station
Ostbahnhof in Munich. Photo: Bundespolizei.

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.

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.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

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The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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