Germany: Riots and looting grip Stuttgart | News | DW | 21.06.2020

The southwestern German city has seen a night of rioting and looting, with several police officers injured as hundreds of people took to the city center. The situation was "completely out of control," police said.

Several police officers were injured as riots and looting were carried out in the German city of Stuttgart early on Sunday morning. Dozens of small groups of people in the city center threw stones at authorities, smashed cars and broke shop windows.

"The situation is completely out of control," a police spokesperson said. "It is developing into real riots," they added. Twenty people were arrested.

Police said the riots happened after police conducted checks in the city center related to suspected drug dealing. Several groups then ganged up on police and started to threaten them. Police were "confronted in an extremely aggressive manner, attacked and injured," the police report said.

Shortly after 3 a.m. the situation appeared to have calmed.

Authorities said several hundred people were involved in the riots, which took place in the Stuttgart's central shopping district and lasted for several hours.

Several businesses and vehicles were damaged in the city, which is the capital of the German state of Baden-Württemberg and one of Germany's biggest cities.

On Sunday, Stuttgart's mayor, Fritz Kuhn wrote on Twitter that he was "shocked about the violent outbreak..." He said it was "a sad Sunday for Stuttgart" and that authorities would analyze the situation "thoroughly." He retweeted a video from regional public television SWR that shows some of the violence.

ed/ng (AFP, dpa)

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