Leipzig: Arrest warrants against five people – more riots

Status: 04.06.2023 01:05 a.m

Burning barricades, attacked emergency services: In Leipzig, the violent protests after the arrest of the left-wing extremist Lina E. continued at night. In the meantime, five arrest warrants have been issued against detained demonstrators.

The protests after the prison sentence against left-wing extremist Lina E. continued in Leipzig during the night. In the city there are “groups of apparently violent” people in various places, the Saxon police said on Twitter.

Emergency services were attacked and barricades were erected and set on fire. Fire brigade and police put out the barricades together. According to their own statements, the police were deployed with several hundred units and prepared “for a violent course in this phase of the operation”. “We call for prudence so that the situation does not escalate further,” the Twitter message said.

After the “Day X” demo was banned, there were riots between demonstrators and the police in Leipzig.

Police extinguish burning barricades with water cannons

A statement from the Leipzig Police Department also mentioned the erection of barricades. The police used water cannons to extinguish the burning barricades.

The district of Connewitz was particularly affected by the riots. A police post was attacked with stones. Two officers were injured, the Saxon police said on Twitter on Sunday morning.

Five suspects brought before magistrate

There had already been violent clashes between the police and alleged left-wing extremist demonstrators on Saturday night. Five men who were arrested have now been brought before the magistrate at the Leipzig district court, the police said.

Arrest warrants have been issued for all five suspects. The accusation: serious breach of the peace. They would be taken to a correctional facility. According to the information, there are two 28-year-olds and three men aged 20, 25 and 32 years.

Announced demo against the conviction of the student Lina E.

Left-wing circles were mobilized nationwide for the demonstration on Saturday. The reason is the verdict against Lina E. and three co-defendants for attacks on alleged or actual neo-Nazis, in which several people were injured, some seriously.

The 28-year-old was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by the Dresden Higher Regional Court on Wednesday.

The verdict against Lina E. and three other defendants is expected in Dresden.

The situation initially remained peaceful until the afternoon. Despite the final ban on a large “Day X” demonstration by the radical left-wing scene, the police were present in large numbers in the city.

In addition, the Saxony Cup final, the city festival and a concert by Herbert Grönemeyer took place in the city. There were checkpoints all day long on access roads to the city and at the train station. Several vehicles and garbage cans were on fire early Saturday afternoon.

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