BERLIN police have arrested at least 354 people who took part in May Day demonstrations that devolved into full-scale riots in the German capital, according to local media reports on Sunday.
Reacting to the May 1 unrest, Berlin’s Interior Senator Andreas Geisel lashed out at the mostly young rioters for attacking police officers.
This has nothing to do with political protest, said Geisel.
“We will not accept that some violence-seeking autonomists want to take away our May 1 as a day for peaceful demonstrations,” he added.
Police also reported that at least 93 people, including police officers, were injured in street clashes in the district of Neukoelln.
Around 5,600 police officers from several federal states were reportedly on duty during the May Day rallies in Berlin.
Black-clad protesters threw bottles, firecrackers and stones at baton-wielding police who tried to disperse the crowd with pepper spray and water-gun trucks.
Police were repeatedly attacked while trying to pull troublemakers out of the crowd as several protesters were arrested.