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14 Apr 2020 | 05:53 AM UTC

Germany: Clashes reported in Frankfurt (Hesse state) amid COVID-19 restrictions April 10

Suspected gang members attack police forces amid COVID-19 restrictions in Frankfurt (Hesse state) April 10; similar incidents possible in the near term

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Event

Violent clashes broke out between security forces and suspected gang members in Frankfurt (Hesse state) on Friday, April 10, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Dozens of the members reportedly used stones and iron bars against police forces while they were on patrol enforcing COVID-19 restrictive measures in the city. In response, authorities arrested six suspects, and discovered several weapons in an apartment located in the Griesheim district.

Similar incidents are possible in Frankfurt in the near term.

Context

The implementation of domestic restrictive measures due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has already triggered tensions and violence, notably against security forces in various countries across the world and in Europe.

Advice

Individuals in Frankfurt and across Germany, are advised to monitor developments relating to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.