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US Hanau: Unknown people destroy memorial site for victims in Cologne

22:50  22 february  2021
22:50  22 february  2021 Source:   spiegel.de

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The police are investigating property damage, state security is called in: In Cologne-Rodenkirchen, a memorial site for the victims of the Hanau attack was destroyed.

  Hanau: Unbekannte zerstören Gedenkort für Opfer in Köln © KAI PFAFFENBACH / REUTERS

Unknown persons destroyed a memorial for victims of the racially motivated attack in Hanau in Cologne . They had torn off foils with names and pictures of the victims and threw them into the embankment on the Rhine. The police confirmed a corresponding incident in Cologne-Rodenkirchen on Sunday, which the Cologne Jusos had initially reported.

According to the youth organization of the SPD , the perpetrators destroyed the memorial on the night from Saturday to Sunday. The incident was reported as property damage. The state security will be involved in the investigation, it said.

On the evening of February 19, 2020, the 43-year-old German Tobias R. shot nine people in several locations in the Hessian city of Hanau before allegedly killing his mother and then himself. Previously, he had pamphlets and videos with conspiracy theories and racist views posted on the internet.

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