Berlin safe, says mayor after 123 police injured in clashes at squat

Berlin mayor Michael Mueller on Monday insisted his city was safe, following a night of clashes at a squat that left 123 police officers and several anti-capitalist protesters injured.

"Overall, the situation in our city is not unsafe," Mueller said after talks with Berlin Interior Senator Frank Henkel. There would be no solidarity with violent protesters, the mayor added, saying they had to be stopped.

Violence erupted on Saturday in the city's Friedrichshain district, where 3,500 people protested against the clearing of a squat in Rigaer Strasse.

The police called the incident the most aggressive and most violent protest in the capital in years.

According to Henkel, there was no reason to talk to the leftists.

"I would not know what about," he said, adding that police had been called to Rigaer Strasse because the owner of the building had been prevented from asserting his rights and had also been attacked and threatened.

Further support was needed for the owner, Henkel said.

However, the city's Senate and police are planning to inform local residents better about the situation.

Last update: Mon, 11/07/2016 - 16:47
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