Stuttgart is a major city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Last night a large group of young people went wild in downtown Stuttgart, fighting with the police and looting businesses.
As far as I can determine from various news reports, native German youths instigated the ruction, and then opportunistic culture-enrichers joined in the fun.
Video #1: Mischievous youngsters destroy a police car. Notice that some of the high-spirited urchins shout their obscene slogans in English:
Video #2: Bild reports on the riots:
Below is a report from The Guardian on last night’s festivities in Stuttgart:
Hundreds Run Riot in Stuttgart City Centre After Drug Checks
More than 20 people arrested after police injured and shops looted in late-night rampage
German authorities have expressed shock over a rampage of an “unprecedented scale” in the centre of Stuttgart, where hundreds of partygoers ran riot overnight and into Sunday, breaking shop windows, plundering and attacking police.
Two dozen people, half of them German nationals, were provisionally arrested and police reported 19 officers hurt. “They were unbelievable scenes that have left me speechless. In my 46 years of police service, I have never experienced this,” said the Stuttgart police chief, Franz Lutz.
Tensions built up shortly after midnight when officers carried out checks on a 17-year-old German man suspected of using drugs, said Stuttgart’s deputy police chief, Thomas Berger.
Crowds who were milling around at the city’s biggest square, the Schlossplatz, immediately rallied around the young man and began throwing stones and bottles at police. The groups, mostly men, also used sticks or poles to break the windows of police vehicles parked in the area.
“I sharply condemn this brutal outbreak of violence, these acts against people and things are criminal action that must be forcefully prosecuted and condemned,” said Winfried Kretschmann, Baden-Württemberg’s state premier, in a statement.
At the height of the clashes, some 400 to 500 people joined in the battle against police officers and rescue workers.
Video transcript #1:
|00:07||Send the police! —Bravo!|
|00:53||It’s about time in Germany. It’s about time.|
|01:06||It’s about time. F*** the police.|
|01:11||F*** the system.
Video transcript #2:
|00:02||Broken shop windows, looting, twenty provisional arrests and|
|00:07||more than a dozen injured policemen.|
|00:10||Saturday night there were street fights in the heart of Stuttgart with dozens|
|00:14||of small group against the police.|
|00:17||An especially frightening scene occurs after a police officer arrests a rioter|
|00:24||and another young man jumps onto the officer|
|00:27||with extended legs in an attempt to free the prisoner.|
|00:30||There were also clashes last weekend between mainly young people and the police,|
|00:35||but not on the same scale as yesterday evening.|
|00:38||Following the serious riots in Stuttgart,|
|00:41||the police are asking witnesses for help in the investigation.