Chaotic Ger­man town fest:

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Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Queen Max­ima

Ger­man po­lice said Mon­day sev­eral as­saults and cases of sex­ual ha­rass­ment were re­ported in al­co­hol-fu­elled week­end dis­tur­bances that saw youths ram­page through a small town and hurl bot­tles at po­lice.

No ar­rests had been made over the al­leged ha­rass­ment, but po­lice were treat­ing as a sus­pect a 20-year-old Iraqi man and, in a sep­a­rate case in which a 17-year-old girl was groped, three Afghan asy­lum seek­ers aged 18-20.

Po­lice chief Roland Eisele urged other women to come for­ward if they were abused on Fri­day or Satur­day night dur­ing the chaotic scenes that started at a lo­cal fes­ti­val in the south­west­ern town of Schorn­dorf, Baden-Wuert­tem­berg state.

Eisele said “the ag­gres­sion and es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence” were un­prece­dented and un­ex­pected in the town of about 40,000 peo­ple, lo­cated near Stuttgart, and that the lo­cal po­lice force had to re­quest backup from other cities.

Po­lice said in a state­ment that many youths “with mi­grant back­grounds” were seen in the crowd, but Eisele said that it was im­pos­si­ble to es­ti­mate a per­cent­age.

Of­fi­cers in riot gear moved into a crowd of about 1,000 Satur­day night in the town cen­tre to de­tain a sus­pect on charges of dan­ger­ous phys­i­cal as­sault but came un­der at­tack as oth­ers hurled bot­tles at them.

Wit­nesses had re­ported small groups of youths, some armed with knives or replica hand­guns that can fire flares and tear­gas, rov­ing through the medieval town cen­tre, po­lice said.

Sev­eral po­lice cars were sprayed with graf­fiti or oth­er­wise van­dalised in the small town also dubbed “Daim­ler city” be­cause au­to­mo­tive in­ven­tor Got­tlieb Daim­ler was born there in 1834.

In a press con­fer­ence Mon­day, Eisele evoked the chaos of Cologne’s in­fa­mous 2015 New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions when men of North African and Mid­dle Eastern ap­pear­ance groped and as­saulted hun­dreds of women, spark­ing wide­spread public out­rage.

He stressed that the rowdy scenes in Schorn­dorf were less in­tense than those in Cologne or the ri­ots in the north­ern portc­ity of Ham­burg be­fore and dur­ing the July 7-8 Group of 20 sum­mit, when far-left and an­ar­chist mil­i­tants burnt street bar­ri­cades and threw rocks from rooftops. (AFP)

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