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For three nights in a row there have been heavy riots in Hamburg-Altona. On Thursday evening a mob attacked policemen. Last night they burned cars and hurled stones.
About 150 young people gathered Friday night in Chemnitz Street and in Holsten Street. “They wanted to let loose,” said a police spokesman. First the rioters only lit firecrackers; later they torched cars.
In Karl Wolff Street a car was completely gutted. Another car was set on fire in Hospital Street, but was able to be extinguished. Some time later the tires of another car were burning. More than 100 police officers were out in force. They used pepper spray against the rioters. In response the mob hurled stones at the officers. A 21-year-old man was arrested.
The following night on Sunday again around 80 young people gathered in Holsten Street, and fireworks were ignited again — luckily nothing more happened on the third night of riots. “The situation has become very calm,” said the spokesman for Hamburg police on Sunday morning.
The riots started on Thursday night when a group of youths blinded car drivers with a laser pointer. The police moved in – and suddenly saw a group of over 150 people moving towards them. 16 rioters were detained.
There was an aggressive mood and the situation escalated.