Germany: Hundreds of Eritrean opposition supporters arrested in Stuttgart

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“More than 200 Eritrean opposition supporters have been arrested in Germany after clashing with police. The violence erupted as an Eritrean cultural festival was set to begin in the city of Stuttgart on Saturday. The festival was organised by supporters of the Eritrean regime loyal to Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. Police sent to the scene found themselves caught in ‘massive violence’ between the two opposing groups, the deputy police commissioner said. ‘Neither the extent nor the intensity of the violence was apparent in advance,’ Carsten Hoefler said in a statement on Saturday. Officers were attacked with bats, nails, metal rods, bottles and stones, the statement added. Six officers were admitted to hospital, while 228 people were arrested. The violence has been condemned by officials in the city.” (09/17/23)