In Brief: Officials praise young police cadets for their quick thinking in truck ramming incident

Several streets in Berlin remain blocked by Extinction Rebellion climate activists. In other news, officials praised police cadets who captured and held a man who rammed a truck into motorists in the town of Limburg. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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German authorities are investigating an attack on motorists in the Hessen town of Limburg, just north of Frankfurt am Main. A man drove a stolen truck into several vehicles, lightly injuring eight people and himself. Investigators arrested a man in his early 30’s and reportedly searched an apartment in relation to the incident.

Authorities have praised several young members of the German federal police for their quick actions. According to reporting by the Deutsche Presse Agentur, three off-duty police cadets caught and held the suspect until local police arrived. A total of 11 cadets witnessed the incident, and provided first-aid and assistance at the scene.

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Climate activists protesting with group Extinction Rebellion were still visible after two days of staging demonstrations in Berlin. Around noon on Tuesday, police announced they had cleared Potsdamer Platz. However, a blockade at Berlin’s Victory Column the Siegesäule lasted longer. The first access roads were cleared several hours later. Police spokesman Winfried Wenzel said many demonstrators remained on site, but blocking the area for an entire week isn’t possible.

On social media the Berlin Police addressed the protesters, saying: “constructive talks together are a solid basis for peaceful protest. That’s why we remain in dialogue to ensure a balance of interests for all.”

Protests across Berlin are expected to continue throughout this week.

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The soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced he is ending his career. In a tweet on Tuesday, the 35-year-old announced his decision. Schweinsteiger celebrated several successes in his career. As team captain, he helped lead Germany to win the soccer World Cup in 2014, and he won eight Bundesliga titles, and seven German cups during his 17 year career. Two years ago he moved to the US to play with Chicago Fire. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two young sons.

 

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