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Germany: Mob attacks police while taking migrant into custody

A large mob attacked police officers in Germany on Saturday as they were attempting to bring a migrant suspect into custody. They accused police of being racist and referenced George Floyd. An even larger protest against the arrest was held the following day. Police say they haven’t seen anything like this before.

The incident took place late Saturday night in Kesselbrink, Bielefeld in northwest Germany. Six men were sitting at the terrace of a restaurant that was already closed in an area known for illicit drug-dealing. Two of the six men were already known to police for drug offences. The group was making a lot noise and littering, according to a report by Junge Freiheit.

A police patrol therefore decided to check the identities of the people in the group. As they were checking the identity of a 23-year-old asylum-seeker from Burkina Faso, he immediately began resisting the officers, hitting and kicking them.

As the officers took the man into custody, a crowd of approximately 50 people surrounded them. Some of the people in the crowd accused the officers of racism and referenced George Floyd, the black man who died while being taken into police custody in the United States two weeks ago. Floyd’s death has led to weeks of rioting around the world.

The group then began throwing bottles at the officers. When some of them picked up chairs and threatened to strike the officers with them, one policeman drew his gun to hold them at bay.

Reinforcements arrived, resulting in a deployment of more than 30 officers, although the crowd continued attacking them. The police finally used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Two officers were injured and two were arrested in the melee.

The migrant has accused police of arresting him arbitrarily.

The antifa group Antifa AG at Bielefeld University called for a demonstration the following day. Approximately 800 protesters attended the event yesterday, objecting to the migrant’s arrest and accusing the police of racism and brutality.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” a representative of the Bielefeld police told Junge Freiheit.

Germany has seen its share of “anti-racist” violence in recent days as well. Police in Hamburg were forced to use water cannons to break up a demonstration on Saturday, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

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