Updated January 1st, 2024 at 15:46 IST

More than 300 arrested on New Year’s Eve in Germany for shooting fireworks at police

Police officers, firefighters, and security forces were shot at with pyrotechnics by some people in the crowd celebrating the New Year.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Spectators at the boulevard Unter den Linden watch fireworks as they celebrate the New Year near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. | Image:AP
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Police in Germany arrested approximately 300 people during the New Year eve’s celebration I the German capital of Berlin after riots erupted leaving one person dead. German police reported a series of attacks with fireworks on the members of the emergency services and civilians during the celebrations.

As many as 15 police officers were injured due to the breach of the fireworks laws, German newspaper Bild reported. Those held by the police were slapped with various charges. In order to maintain the law and order situation, more than 4,500 police officers were dispatched from Berlin for patrolling and maintaining decorum across the streets.

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According to the German newspaper, the police officers, firefighters, and security forces were shot at with pyrotechnics. Near the Alexanderplatz, as many as 200 people were involved in hurling fireworks at each other.

Children injured, adults reported unconscious

Police in Berlin dispersed a huge mob at landmark Neptune Fountain, and made several arrests for causing riot like situation. The police officers told Bild that the New Year celebrations in many other regions remained largely peaceful such as in Frankfurt, and central state of Hesse. In areas where fireworks and rockets were shot at people, police carried out detentions. Fire was reported in a residential building in the northern city-state of Hamburg, a police spokesperson told the paper. Neukölln, one of Berlin's 12 districts where officers were deployed. A large conflict was reported infront of Alexanderplatz Town Hall as over 200 people hurled pyrotechnics at the police.

According to the police, at least three children aged 6, 9 and 12 years old were injured by the crowd and were transported to the hospital with the injuries in eyes. Some of the adults were left unconscious. In Solingen, riot like situation led to chaos in the streets as people hurled stones and fireworks at the police, who cordoned off the entire residential area.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 15:46 IST