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New Year’s Eve riots: Newspaper: Over 280 attacks on emergency services on New Year’s Eve

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According to a report, there were numerous attacks on emergency services on New Year’s Eve not only in Berlin, but also in other federal states. However, the number of unreported cases could be even higher.

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According to a media report, there were at least 282 attacks on police and firefighters nationwide on New Year’s Eve. This is reported by the “Tagesspiegel” (Wednesday), citing its own survey of all 16 interior ministries of the federal states. However, some federal states such as Hesse and Baden-Württemberg did not give any numbers of attacks on emergency services, which is why the actual number is probably higher. Attacks have also been reported in these federal states. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior on Tuesday, the federal states have not yet sent any official figures to the authority.

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According to the newspaper, the highest number of attacks was in Berlin. Here the police have now confirmed 59 reported attacks against police officers and 43 against the fire brigade and rescue service, it was said. In Lower Saxony, the Ministry of the Interior has confirmed attacks on 42 emergency services, and 42 emergency services were also injured on New Year’s Eve in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the Ministry of the Interior, there were 34 attacks on emergency services in Bavaria. Hamburg also reported a relatively large number of attacks on New Year’s Eve with 19 attacks, it said. In the other federal states, the attacks on emergency services were in the single-digit range.

After the New Year’s Eve riots, which were also directed against police officers, firefighters and rescue workers, a debate broke out about whether there should be an increase in punishment. However, Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) had said that the main thing was to enforce the applicable law and that he “sees no need” for another change in criminal law. In connection with New Year’s Eve, 145 people of 18 different nationalities were arrested in Berlin. These included numerous cases of direct attacks on police officers and firefighters.

The incidents on New Year’s Eve also concern the Bundestag this afternoon (approx. 3.05 p.m.). The CDU/CSU parliamentary group had requested the debate.

Source: Stern

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