Skip to Content

Hamburg

Hamburg police charged with ‘violence’

In a twist of irony, some black bloc rioters at the G20 summit in Hamburg have reported German police officers, for allegedly being violent during their campaign of left-wing lawlessness.

Published: July 16, 2017, 10:42 am

    More than 500 police officers were injured, but 35 officers now face prosecution for trying to push back rioters who threw missiles, started fires and looted shops as they “protested against capitalism”.

    A spokesman told Die Welt, a German daily that they expect the number of “personal injury” claims to rise from 35 cases over the next few days.

    Thursday’s controversial “Welcome to Hell” protest brought members of anarchist, socialist, anti-globalisation, green, feminist and Kurdish nationalist movements together to promote violence against law enforcement.

    After groups of hardcore anarchist activists in black masks and clothing had torched cars and smashed shop fronts in the Altona district in the early hours of Friday, the Antifa protesters had moved to the city’s alternative scene, the Schanzenviertel quarter.

    Christoph Lührs from the Hamburg office had informed Die Welt on Friday morning of 35 ongoing investigations against police officers that have been confirmed. He assumed that the number would continue to rise. In 27 of the 35 cases, he said, charges involved personal injury.

    Plundered shop in Hamburg

    Of these 35 cases, 28 were based on third-party charges. The remaining seven proceedings were initiated ex officio by the Department of Internal Investigation (DIE), including four cases of bodily harm. There are no further details on the nine new cases.

    The police have not yet been able to say how many criminal charges have so far been raised in connection with the G-20 summit. At the moment, the police are in the process of collecting the necessary data for a parliamentary referral. This will take some time, spokesman Florian Abbenseth told Die Welt.

    The prosecutor has provided additional forces from his own ranks to deal with the criminal prosecution of the G-20 riots. The responsible department is supported by three prosecutors from other areas.

    Prosecutors from other federal states will not be involved however. “The enormous amount of work will therefore only be achieved by delaying other tasks,” said Frombach.

    First, the current detention procedures are to be concluded as well as discussions with the Hamburg police for the screening of new photographic evidence.

    Some tweeters had complained to the Hamburg police that too few rioters were arrested.

    The work of the police at the G-20 summit was repeatedly defended by Hamburg’s mayor, Olaf Scholz (SPD). When asked if the police were too harsh and if there were signs of police violence, he told the station NDR 90.3 on Friday morning: “Police violence did not occur.”

    Scholz added: “That is an accusation that I firmly reject. I want to say expressly, there were very brave, very courageous, very difficult operations of the police.”

    Even in demonstrations with mainly peaceful participants, the police had used partial pepper spray and water jets on Friday of last week as the violence in the Schanzenviertel escalated.

    “And the police have really done everything possible,” said Scholz. In the wake of such a summit, everything was always prepared, he added. He believed that the police should not be blamed for this either.

    The police in Hamburg appeared to have essentially lost control as masked rioters set fire to barricades, dug up pavements for ammunition and looted local shops, including a supermarket, an Apple retail store and a pharmacy. Ironically the Budnikoswky pharmacy they looted is known for handing out apprenticeships to “refugees”.

    The police even had to fire warning shots to scare away aggressive rioters.

    Even as Andreas Blechschmidt, one of the organisers of Thursday’s” Welcome to Hell” march, condemned the rioters’ “mindless violence”, it did not stop the rioters from blaming and charging the police.

    A blogger noted that “approximately 20 000 police armed with the best crowd control technology money can buy utterly lost control of downtown Hamburg”.

    “This shows that, even with the very latest technologies, no amount of police violence can control a population that refuses to be dominated. This is good news for partisans of freedom everywhere around the world,” crimethinc.com said.

    “In addition to tactical concerns, however, the most important blow to the police has been that, by going too far in seeking to control the population by brute force, they lost legitimacy in the public eye. Their absurd and unprovoked attack on yesterday’s Welcome to Hell demonstration turned the entire city against them. No wonder they have lost control.”

    Meanwhile We Are Change journalist Luke Rudkowski, independent Dresden-based journalist Max Bachmann and Marcus DiPaola of Heavy.com were attacked by Antifa while covering the G20 protests after being labeled as “Nazis” by a local mainstream reporter from the German daily Die Zeit.

    The reporter from Die Zeit evidently has strong links with the Antifa, and his network of extremist friends continuously tweeted out the whereabouts of the independent journalists. The Antifa chased down the independent journalists and assaulted them.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Merkel’s sidekick urges disenfranchisement of AfD voters

    BerlinGerman politician Peter Altmaier urged voters to not vote rather than vote for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. The Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Affairs since December 2013, is regarded as one of Angela Merkel's most trusted advisors.

    Attacks on AfD surge ahead of elections

    With the German federal election approaching, attacks on Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and its supporters have risen sharply.

    Rome freezes Northern League bank accounts in bid to stop Salvini’s rise

    RomeItalian Northern League (LN) leader Matteo Salvini said on Friday that he would appeal against a decision by a Genoa court to freeze party funds.

    Russian Germans flock to AfD

    In the German states that used to make up West Germany — particularly in the areas where many ethnic Russian Germans live — the AfD has recently received 20 or 30 or even 40 percent of the vote in state elections.

    Poland says Germany owes it a trillion dollars in WW2 reparations

    Polish foreign minister, and member of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said Germany should consider paying Poland World War II reparations. Witold Waszczykowski believes Germany owed his country as much as $1 trillion in reparations.

    AfD ignores German Muslim Council survey

    BerlinOn Monday, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, the German Muslim League (Deutsche Muslim Liga) and the Islamische Zeitung newspaper revealed the results of a survey sent to German political parties soon to be represented in the next parliament, except the AfD.

    AfD top candidate storms out of German ZDF’s fake news

    "The AFD feels unfairly treated by the state broadcaster ZDF", headlined the Basler Zeitung while reporting on the election campaign debate "How's Germany" in which the AfD candidate walked out during a live debate.

    Breaking: Geert Wilders and Vlaams Belang strengthen ties in The Hague

    The HagueHigh level delegations of both Vlaams Belang [Flemish Interest] and the Dutch Freedom Party, the PVV are currently meeting in the Second Chamber building in The Hague. The meeting on Thursday will see the parties of Tom van Grieken and Geert Wilders sharing experiences and strategies to counter oppressive Islamization in Flanders and the Netherlands.

    Report: Italian secret service pays Libyan human traffickers to stop migrants

    BrusselsBelgian newspaper De Standaard reported on 31 August that the Italian secret service was paying Libyan human traffickers to keep immigrants away from the Meditteranean Sea.

    Wilders: ‘Future belongs to Europe of sovereign nations’

    Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders gave an historic speech on national sovereignty at the Ambrosetti conference at Villa d’Este, in Italy, sharing the stage with Euro commissioner Frans Timmermans.

    Go to archive