Free branded clothes were promised, but the message on social media turned out to be wrong: Frustrated by a fake post, young people in downtown Hamburg sought a dispute with the police on Saturday. The officers were thrown at with bottles and firecrackers, said a police spokesman in the evening.
According to the information, around 400 young people came to Mönckebergstraße hoping for free clothing. However, the post on social media turned out to be a "deliberate hoax," said the police spokesman. "No one appeared who was giving away clothes." At first he was unable to explain the exact background of the fake post.
The police tried to get the situation under control and get the young people off the streets with a massive effort, various dog handlers and 20 additional patrol cars, also because buses sometimes couldn't get through. Only after some time was it possible to persuade the young people to leave the street. Two police officers were slightly injured by firecrackers and bottles thrown, but could have continued their service. Some of the youths were taken into custody.
Recently there had been attacks on police officers on New Year's Eve, but also on paramedics and firefighters. Here, too, the attackers were mainly teenagers and young men, who in some parts of the city had even lured the emergency services into an ambush.
In the subsequent political debate, there were also calls for accelerated processes - but in fact, as has now become known, there have hardly been any in previous years. The number of accelerated proceedings before Hamburg's district courts has even fallen significantly over the past three years. While 207 procedures of this type were still carried out in 2020, there were only 148 in 2021 and only 120 last year, according to a court spokesman.