Violent clashes in Stuttgart, police officers injured

Several police officers have been injured during street fights in the German city of Stuttgart, a police spokesperson said early Sunday. Paving stones were thrown at officers and shop windows were smashed. All available emergency forces from the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg were requested, dpa reported.

 

After several hours the situation was under control, the spokesperson said later in the morning, adding that a large contingent of police would remain in the city centre for security reasons.

The background to the clashes was initially unclear.  Several small groups of violent people were on the streets in the city centre, and had started riots around midnight, with police initially reporting several hundred people present.

Stores were looted along Schlossplatz and the neighbouring Koenigstrasse, Stuttgart's shopping mile. People were injured, including police officers, and several arrests were made but police did not say how many.

On recent weekends there had been clashes with the police, but to a smaller extent. The police initially did not comment on whether those behind the recent destruction were involved in the scenes on Sunday.

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