Video footage shows moment Alexanderplatz mass punch-up kicked off

Berlin’s central Alexanderplatz witnessed shocking scenes on Thursday when hundreds of social media users invaded the square to confront each other. Video footage has emerged of the mass brawl, which has naturally ended up on social media sites.

Video footage shows moment Alexanderplatz mass punch-up kicked off
Photo: DPA

The incident, which involved 400 fans and more than 100 police officers, has gone viral on social media.  It took place on Thursday evening in the capital and involved two rival German YouTubers ‘Thatsbekir’ and ‘Bahar al Amood’. 

READ: Police break-up mass 'social media' brawl as 400 fans descend on Alexanderplatz

The 'social media influencers' came face to face in the centre of Alexanderplatz, a huge tourist destination, and started trading insults. Nine of their fans were arrested while 13 criminal cases have been instigated. The Berlin Morgenpost are reporting that knives were confiscated by police. 

The first YouTube video shows the confrontation, as well as the scope of the surrounding crowd. 

The second, which appears to be from social media platform Snapchat, shows the confrontation up close. 

The incident gained plenty of traction and reaction on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

The Berlin Morgenpost’s police reporter shared the following images of the police presence, the arrests and one of the confiscated knives.

A similar story was posted on Instagram by Kreuzberg News.





Thatsbekir wurde am Alexanderplatz attakiert.

A post shared by Kreuzberg News ( on Mar 21, 2019 at 12:49pm PDT

The Berliner Zeitung also reported on the incident.

“Numerous arrests after a conflict at Alexanderplatz. Knives were also secured. According to information on site up to 250 people were involved in the brawl,” the tweet said. 

Passers by and residents of the area surrounding Alexanderplatz were confused by the incident, wondering why the flash mob had collected at one of Berlin’s busiest stations and best-known tourist attractions.

“At Alexanderplatz in Berlin, two large groups of young people have come together, before a large fight erupted and the police moved in. Apparently, two 'enemy' YouTubers had brought their fans to Alex,” the tweet said. 

“Loads of police and people at Alexanderplatz. I wondered what was going on, before I looked at Twitter to see that two YouTubers agreed to have a brawl. Ciao,” the tweet said. 

The police union blamed the two perpetrators for fanning the flames by encouraging their fans to confront each other.

“We see in the rap scene and increasingly also with other influencers that they are negligent with their influence; it seems to be in fashion to inflame tensions simply to get more clicks and more followers,” the union said.

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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.