Stabbing at Berlin TV Tower leaves two hospitalized

Two young men had to be treated in hospital on Sunday after they were attacked by a group armed with knives under the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz, Berlin's most iconic location.

Stabbing at Berlin TV Tower leaves two hospitalized
Alexanderplatz. Photo: DPA

The attack took place shortly before midnight on Sunday, when a group of four unidentified men attacked another group of young men, police report.

Both knives and pepper spray were used during the assault. The men who were taken to hospital – aged 19 and 25 – suffered stab wounds to their upper bodies and hips. They were taken to hospital after receiving emergency treatment at Alexanderplatz

The attackers were able to flee before police arrived on the scene.

Despite being one of the main tourist hot spots in Berlin, the centrally located Alexanderplatz, home to the 368-metre Fernsehturm (television tower), has a long record of violent crime.

Figures released in March show that the number of violent offences at Alex – as it's fondly known to Berliners – remained consistent at around 600 per year between 2011 and 2015.

Ever since 20-year-old Johnny K. was beaten to death by six men in October 2012, an extra police team has been in place to watch over the tourist, shopping and travel nexus in the former East of the city.

In 2015, police registered 481 cases of assault, 62 instances of coercion and threats, 51 cases of robbery and three counts of the most serious crimes: rape, murder and homicide, some of them attempted.

Cases of pick-pocketing also increased by 54 percent between 2014 and 2015.

“We need combined supervision at Alexanderplatz; a joint effort of the public order office [Ordnungsamt], federal police [responsible for policing transport infrastructure], and city police,” city representative Tom Schreiber of the Social Democrats (SPD) told The Local in March in response to the police figures.

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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.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

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.