A large mob of “youths” set a large-scale ambush for first responders in Dietzenbach, in the Offenbach district of Darmstadt near Frankfurt, last night. Several police vehicles were destroyed in the attack.
The incident began when several trash bins and an excavator were set on fire in a parking lot at around midnight. Local residents alerted first responders, but when police and firefighters arrived at the scene, they were attacked by a group of approximately 50 people who were throwing large numbers of stones and flaming projectiles. Police had to call for reinforcements to secure the area due to the ferocity of the assault.
The clash between police and the mob lasted for approximately two hours, and three suspects were arrested. Two were released shortly thereafter. No injuries were reported, but several police vehicles were destroyed, and the damage is estimated to run between 100,000 and 150,000 euros, according to a report by EN24.
A property manager in the area told reporters that this is the third such fire in recent weeks and that he expects more. “It’s a mess,” he said, saying that it was difficult for him to employ staff to work in his building because of the deteriorating security situation.
Police are investigating what caused the riot. They have speculated that it may have been retaliation for police raids carried out in the area earlier this week that resulted in the confiscation of stolen goods, including bicycles, construction equipment, and a motorcycle. They also believe there might be a connection with the riots currently happening in the United States.
“It’s obvious that last night’s perpetrators wanted to send a message: ‘The state has to stay out of our district’,” said Heini Schmitt, the Chairman of the regional labor union. “The spiral of violence continues unchecked.”
The area where the attack occurred has been a frequent hotspot for conflicts between “youths” and police for decades. 95% of the residents in the vicinity are of a migrant background and come from 80 different nations, mainly Turkey and Morocco, according to a report by Junge Freiheit.
Violence against first responders has been on the increase since the beginning of the lockdown in response to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Germany and other Western European nations, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.