Germany: Frankfurt police enforce 1 a.m. ban at Opernplatz, clear out protest

Police officers were deployed at Opernplatz square in Frankfurt on Saturday to enforce the recently imposed ban on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 a.m. onwards, following last week’s incidents of riots. Security forces were seen at the square whilst an anti-racism protest was taking place, minutes before the city Mayor Peter Feldmann arrived on site to deliver a speech. Demonstrators were later spotted leaving the public space, as cleaning crew staff from the Environment Department arrived. Last Sunday, a massive brawl reportedly broke out between partiers, and one man was injured triggering police intervention and leaving 39 people detained on charges of mayhem and disturbing the peace. Officers attempting to help the injured man were reportedly turned on by multiple party-goers who hurled bottles and glasses at them while bystanders applauded and chanted anti-police slogans.

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