300 officers on duty at the Hessenhallen in Giessen
The situation was calmed down late on Saturday evening, in particular due to the intensive deployment of around 300 officers. The identities of around 75 people who may be involved in the attacks on the Hessenhallen have been determined. A similar number of dismissals were granted. Evidence such as batons and stabbing weapons were seized.
Chief of Police condemns acts in the strongest possible terms
The chief of police in Central Hesse, Bernd Paul, condemned the violent attacks in the strongest possible terms: "There is no justification for these acts. I assure you that we will use all the means at our disposal to try to identify the perpetrators and hold them accountable. My thanks go out to them I would like to expressly thank all the police officers deployed who, using their health, mastered the difficult operation on the night of Sunday excellently."
Investigation into dangerous bodily harm
A working group of state security is now investigating, among other things, on suspicion of bodily harm, dangerous bodily harm, property damage and serious breach of the peace. The police are currently investigating clues and videos. Further information to the Gießen Süd police station on 0641/7006-3555 or by email to email@example.com
The first balance of the police after the riots on Saturday evening
After an initially peaceful demonstration in downtown Gießen against the festival, the situation escalated before an Eritrea concert in the Hessenhallen. According to the police, many people climbed over the fence to the Hessenhallen and attacked construction workers there. According to the police, iron bars and knives were also used. Stones were thrown at police forces, who then used batons and pepper spray. The Central Hesse police needed reinforcements from Central Hesse, Frankfurt am Main, North Hesse, East Hesse, South-East Hesse and South Hesse, as well as the Hessian riot police. The Eritrea culture festival has been politically controversial for years, it was then canceled in the evening by police order, and the counter-demonstration was ended by the organizer after the incident.