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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 17:26 IST

300 arrests in Berlin as thousands welcome 2024

Berlin police detained over 300 individuals on New Year's Eve following incidents where at least 14 on-duty officers were injured.

Manasvi Asthana
300 arrests in Berlin as thousands welcome 2024.
300 arrests in Berlin as thousands welcome 2024. | Image:AP
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Berlin police detained over 300 individuals on New Year's Eve following incidents where at least 14 on-duty officers were injured. The chaos unfolded as people engaged in shooting fireworks at each other and the police across the city.

Fireworks clash near Alexanderplatz

Near Alexanderplatz, a significant incident occurred where approximately 500 people were shooting fireworks at each other. When the police attempted to intervene and check for fireworks, the crowd fired pyrotechnics at the officers. The group was eventually dispersed at the Neptune Fountain.

Arrests in Neukölln

In Neukölln, arrests were made after individuals attempted to create Molotov cocktails, which the police successfully confiscated. The authorities acted swiftly to prevent potentially dangerous situations during the New Year's Eve celebrations.

While Berlin experienced tumultuous celebrations, the US saw jubilant scenes in New York's Times Square with tens of thousands celebrating the arrival of 2024. Meanwhile, the UK welcomed the new year with packed streets in London and Edinburgh, featuring world-famous fireworks displays.

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London's New Year's Eve fireworks event was a major attraction, with tickets sold out and official viewing areas full. Organizers conducted checks on the pyrotechnics, and over 10,000 fireworks illuminated the night sky after the iconic Big Ben countdown.

The transition to the new year unfolded across various time zones, starting with Australia, where more than 1 million people witnessed a spectacular pyrotechnic display centered around Sydney's Opera House and harbor bridge.

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The global celebration marked the passage of midnight from one region to another.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 17:26 IST

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