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St. Pauli and the Left Party sharply criticize the police operation

The massive police action at the Hamburg city derby in the 2nd Bundesliga between FC St.

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St. Pauli and the Left Party sharply criticize the police operation

The massive police action at the Hamburg city derby in the 2nd Bundesliga between FC St. Pauli and HSV (3-0) continues to cause a stir. The Kiezclub renewed its criticism of the police's actions via a press release on Monday. "Because when people were taken into custody, they were beaten, as can be seen on videos," the association announced on Monday. In addition, people were injured when the police tried to arrest suspects in front of the back straight, the club complained.

The police have informed FC St. Pauli that it is currently being examined to what extent the proportionality of the operation was guaranteed. "Regardless of this, the question arises as to how proportionate it can be to hit the head of a person who is lying on the ground," the club continued to criticize. He is in contact with the fan project "to collect more information about the incidents and then evaluate them."

Police spokesman Thilo Marxsen confirmed on Sunday that the investigating authorities had received a complaint and criminal proceedings had been opened. "As usual in such cases, the internal investigations department, which is directly attached to the public prosecutor's office and not to the police, is now conducting the investigations," said Marxsen.

During the operation, 47 people were taken into custody and released after the game. Five police officers were injured, it said. According to the information, a total of 1,445 police officers were deployed. The Hamburg police were supported by officers from the Federal Police and the State Police from Brandenburg, Bremen/Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

After FC St. Pauli's 3-0 win, things were largely quiet, police said. For the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic in 2020, the derby was allowed to take place in a sold-out stadium: 29,205 fans were there on Friday evening.

The Hamburg Left Party is also demanding clarification: "We demand that the illegal police operation be punished," said Deniz Celik, the Left Party's domestic spokesman. Irrespective of the reason and the justification for the police measure, it is generally forbidden to repeatedly hit people who are lying defenseless on the ground. A resistance on the part of the fixed persons in the recordings is "not recognizable".

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