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More than 60 Berlin police officers injured at pro-Palestinian protests

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More than 60 Berlin police officers injured at pro-Palestinian protests
Demonstrators near Berlin's Sonnenallee set off pyrotechnics on Wednesday evening. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Paul Zinken

Sixty-five police officers were injured at overnight protests in Berlin against Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip, authorities said Thursday, as demonstrators defied bans on such gatherings.

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The officers were "wounded by stones, flammable liquid and acts of resistance," Berlin police said on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

A police spokeswoman said 174 people were arrested, including 65 who will be facing investigations.

The gathering had began late Wednesday in Neukölln, a district with a large Arab community.
Bild daily said a call had gone out on Telegram calling on "men" to "turn Neukölln into Gaza. Burn everything".

As police ordered protesters to disperse, "rubbish bins and obstacles were put on the streets" and "stones and pyrotechnics were thrown" at them, prompting police to respond by firing water-cannon, said authorities.

Since Israel began its relentless bombing raids on Gaza in response to Hamas' deadly attack on October 7th, pro-Palestinian protests have erupted across major German cities despite widespread bans.

The number of anti-Semitic incidents has also jumped, with a synagogue in Berlin hit by Molotov cocktails early Wednesday.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday urged authorities to prevent demonstrations that could degenerate into anti-Semitic incitement.

Gatherings where "anti-Semitic slogans are shouted, where the deaths of other human beings are glorified" must be outlawed, said Scholz.

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Monika Roth 2023/10/20 08:54
I am wondering why it is not mentioned that Israel has been bombarded permanently with rockets from Gaza and Lebanon. My friend in Tel Aviv is an old lady who has been fearing for her and her family's life for so many years, since the Gaza Strip got independent. Absolutely nothing can justify what Hamas did. Having pregnant women, old people and babies in captivity is the worst one can imagine.

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