Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said today: ‘Whoever has done this has turned against their city, against the people with whom they live and against the laws that protect us all.’
Stuttgart’s deputy police chief Thomas Berger said that the hundreds of young looters had come from the ‘party scene’ and the ‘Saturday night scene’.
In his 30 years as a police officer he had never seen violence like this and ‘there have never been any scenes like this in Stuttgart,’ he said.
Berger said the violence had erupted during a ‘totally normal’ encounter in which police arrested a white German teenager on suspicion of a drugs offence.
Some 200 to 300 people immediately started attacking police in ‘solidarity’ with the teenager, and the crowd of rioters eventually grew as high as 500, he said.
The rioters even threw bottles at paramedics who had been called to an ’emergency’ at the scene, he said. German media has described the scenes as a ‘battlefield’.