Germany: Civil protection organisation THW called in after riots devastate central Stuttgart

Germany's Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) was called in to support local authorities asses and clean up the damage done to Stuttgart's city centre on Sunday, after overnight riots left several police officers injured and storefronts destroyed. THW members were see surveying damage done to storefronts as shards of shattered glass lay strewn about the ground. Deputy local representative THW OV-Stuttgart Patrick Holuba explained that «we were alarmed by Stuttgart police at 04:00am at night that in the centre of Stuttgart there were heated clashes and several smashed windows as a result, which we should now close.» Ahmed, a resident of Stuttgart, said that riots went on for up to five hours, adding that «the people here were, I don't know, protesting, doing whatever they wanted.» «There were police everywhere, completely full, every shadow was completely full of police, helicopters above, it was really sick,» he added. Several police officers were injured in riots that lasted several hours. People were throwing stones, resulting in damaged police vehicles and broken shop windows, as well as looting. The situation was under control around 3 a.m. local time. Police have not made a statement yet about the nature of the unrest.

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