Several videos and social media stories showed up online showing a night of escalation in the German city of Stuttgart as groups of youngsters rioted and looted in the city center of the town.
Accoring to police officials the situation seems to have been a spontaneous release of already exisiting tensions based on the current global situation.
Police said the riots happened after police conducted checks in the city center related to suspected drug dealing. Several groups then ganged up on police and started to threaten the officers. Police were "confronted in an extremely aggressive manner, attacked and injured," a police report said.
Shortly after 3 a.m., the situation appeared to have calmed.
Authorities said several hundred people were involved in the riots, which took place in the Stuttgart’s central shopping district and lasted for several hours. Several businesses and vehicles were damaged.
Later Sunday, Mayor Fritz Kuhn wrote on Twitter that he was "shocked about the violent outbreak." He said it was "a sad Sunday for Stuttgart" and that authorities would analyze the situation "thoroughly." He retweeted a video from regional public television SWR that shows some of the events.
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