Ten men have been arrested after left-wing extremist riots in the German city of Leipzig. The public prosecutor accuses them of participating in Friday night’s riots. Stones and firecrackers were thrown at police officers in the Connewitz district.
In addition, numerous barricades were set on fire. Five men between the ages of 20 and 32 would have participated. According to the public prosecutor’s office, more crimes were committed on Saturday. Two men (33 and 36 years old) are accused of throwing stones and bottles at the police. The other three suspects (24, 25 and 34 years old) are suspected of serious disorder.
About 50 police officers were injured in the incidents. There are also injured protesters. A total of ten men are now detained, a spokesperson for the public prosecutor of Leipzig said on Monday. Arrest warrants were also issued against two other suspects. However, they were suspended with conditions. Earlier there had been about 30 arrests.
Judgment against left-wing extremist
The reason for the riots last weekend was the verdict against the left-wing extremist Lina E. and three co-suspects for attacks on (alleged) neo-Nazis. Several people were injured, some seriously. The 28-year-old was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by the Higher Regional Court of Dresden on Wednesday, but was initially released.
Reactions (see video above) varied. “Unfortunately, we have to experience that even with a peacefully announced demonstration, violent criminals mix with it, it is exploited and then violence breaks out,” said Mayor Burkhard Jung. Others spoke of a “provocative approach” by the police, such as unnecessary harshness in pushing back demonstrators. About 1,500 people are said to have taken part in the demonstration on Saturday. The majority of them were surrounded.
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