Date: Saturday, 16 September 2023
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Situation still unclear
There were riots at the Roman fort in Stuttgart-Hallschlag on Saturday afternoon. The occasion was an event organized by Eritrean clubs. There were injured police officers. We will inform you about the current status of the situation.
The mayor of Stuttgart, Frank Nopper (CDU), also strongly condemned the violence and riots on the sidelines of the Eritrea event. A statement from Nopper, which is available to SWR, says: "We must take decisive action against the emergence of conflicts from other states on German soil. Our thanks and recognition go to our police for their commitment in this extremely difficult situation. The I wish the injured police officers a speedy recovery.”
The police surrounded around 170 people at the Roman fort that evening. Little by little, people are removed from this group. The police will record the relevant personal details.
The CDU parliamentary group leader in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament, Manuel Hagel, spoke of “outbreaks of violence” that were “outrageous”. "We cannot accept that on our streets! These people who act so brutally against other people, against our police officers, have forfeited their right to find protection and refuge with us." Hagel called for immediate expulsions. If necessary, the residence law must be tightened.
The state chairman of the Junge Union Baden-Württemberg, Florian Hummel, said that the riots were an expression of the state's loss of control. “We cannot continue to accept this loss of control and must be honest, especially when it comes to migration policy: it cannot be the case that imported conflicts are being fought out on German streets.”
There are currently still many police forces at the Roman fort.
Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (Greens) reacted shortly after the riots broke out. On the X platform (formerly Twitter), he called for perpetrators of violence to be brought to justice quickly. He also asked why supporters of the dictatorship in Eritrea were allowed to gather in Stuttgart and why "opposition members" attacked the German police.
In Stuttgart there were clashes at an Eritea event around the Roman fort in the Hallschlag district. The police are on site with a large contingent. Here you can read what has happened in Stuttgart since this afternoon.