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World After a riot in Stuttgart: Steinmeier stands behind police officers

14:50  22 june  2020
14:50  22 june  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

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More than a dozen police officers were injured overnight after a riot broke out in the middle of the southwestern German city of Stuttgart . According to police , the unrest erupted around midnight when officers were conducting checks downtown in relation to suspected drug crime.

Policemen stand in front of a shop destroyed during Stuttgart riots © Christoph Schmidt / dpa Seehofer’s pledge comes on the heels of massive unrest in the city of Stuttgart , which broke out this Officers were attacked by hundreds of rioters who pelted them with stones and smashed patrol cars.

Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier © AFP Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Whoever attacks police officers, who makes them contemptible or who gives the impression that they belonged to "disposed", "we have to oppose this" said the Federal President.

Steinmeier stands behind police officers

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sharply condemned the violent riots in Stuttgart at the weekend and demonstratively stood behind the police officers.

"Our rule of law works! We do not live in a legal space - not even in Corona times, as one or the other thinks," said Steinmeier. Last but not least, it is police officers who "protect public space, bravely oppose hatred and violence".

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Stuttgart police said 19 police officers were injured and 24 suspects including 12 German citizens arrested during overnight riots in the city. After a 17-year-old German was stopped over an alleged drug offence hundreds of young people began throwing stones and bottles at officers .

More than a dozen police officers wounded and 24 people detained after violent scuffles quickly turned into riots . Police in the German city of Stuttgart have said 24 people were arrested and 19 police officers injured after a check for drugs sparked attacks on officers and police vehicles

"Violence, vandalism, sheer brutality - as seen at the weekend in Stuttgart - must be persecuted and punished with all severity of the rule of law," said Steinmeier on Monday in Berlin.

Anyone who attacks police officers, who makes them contemptible or who gives the impression that they belong "disposed of" must "definitely oppose" them.

Steinmeier emphasized that those who protect our peaceful coexistence on the streets and squares every day and defend the state's monopoly on violence "deserve our respect and support if they are brutally attacked".

Several hundred young men in Stuttgart had damaged and looted 40 shops in small groups on Sunday night. In addition, according to the police, twelve police patrol cars and patrol cars were damaged. Around 20 police officers were injured in the riots.

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