In Brief: German officials condemn Stuttgart riots, attacks on police

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters that the “violence, vandalism and sheer brutality” must be punished.

Photo by: Prerna Bhardwaj

 

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, William Glucroft and Benjamin Restle

German officials condemned recent riots in Stuttgart that destroyed storefronts and left 19 police officers injured and 25 people in custody.

Stuttgart police say those detained include German, Iraqi, Croatian, Latvian and Portugeuse citizens.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters that the “violence, vandalism and sheer brutality” must be punished.

He added that police deserve respect.

The riots, captured on YouTube, broke out late Saturday night after police carried out drug checks in Stuttgart’s main square.

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The German tabloid Bild reports the federal interior minister plans to take legal action against a journalist who satirized the police.

The column by Hengameh Yaghoobifarah of the left-leaning German daily, the taz, appeared on June 15.

The satirical piece suggested if the police force were abolished, officers could get new jobs dealing with trash in a landfill.

That prompted police unions in Germany to demand legal action. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told the tabloid he will file a criminal complaint against the columnist, adding that “reckless words lead to reckless violence.”

She hasn’t responded, but the paper’s top editor apologized for publishing an article comparing any group to trash.

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A new international survey finds despite the ongoing pandemic, Germans feel pretty secure.

This year’s survey finds Germany is the second least fearful nation out of 15 countries polled across North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Only the Dutch felt more secure than Germans. Those who felt the least secure were people in the Philippines.

The survey, conducted by information technology company Unisys, asked respondents about their national, personal, financial and online security concerns.

Reports say the past four annual surveys show Germans feeling increasingly secure.

 

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