Germany: Migrants attack reception center employees and police

Six employees at a migrant reception facility in Baden-Württemberg were injured after being attacked by migrants over the weekend. At least thirty police officers were called to the migrant reception center in Ellwagen on Sunday evening after security guards were assaulted by violent migrants staying at the facility. Police are now investigating the attackers for committing dangerous bodily harm, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports.

According to police, the incident began when a 13-year-old Afghan and a 43-year-old Gambian got into a quarrel over a water bottle in the canteen. What started out as a verbal dispute quickly became physical when the African struck the Afghan across the face.

When security personnel attempted to intervene and calm the situation, the migrants quickly redirected their anger and hostility toward the center’s staff members. Next, the 43-year-old and several other migrants began attacking employees. When the migrants were forced out of the canteen, about 15 of them armed themselves with chairs and shards of broken glass and pushed their way back into the building. Other migrants are said to have cheered the attackers on before eventually joining them in the canteen. It was at this point that police were called in to quell the revolt. In a separate incident which took place at an asylum center in Geldersheim, Lower Franconia, a mob of 100 migrants gathered, at first to protest lockdown measures, but later attacked employees and police officers, German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reports. Two police helicopters, the Schweinfurt police, Supplementary Operative Services Schweinfurt and Würzburg, and forces from the Würzburg riot police had to be called to the location to maintain order. The violent demonstrations left one police officer with injuries, while 16 asylum seekers were arrested for dangerous bodily harm and coercion.

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