2020 Stuttgart riot
The 2020 Stuttgart riot took place during the night of 21 June 2020 when hundreds fought street battles with police in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. During the riots numerous shops were looted.
On 20 June at 23:30, police investigated a 17-year-old in Schlossgarten for drug offences, whereupon about 200-500 sided with the accused and started to throw rocks and bottles at the police officers. The rioters screamed "Fuck the Police" and "Allahu Akbar" in videos recorded. Some rioters had prepared by wearing balaclavas while looting shops. The police apprehended 24 suspects.
In the following weeks, police increased their presence in the city during weekends.
Three weeks later, there was further rioting where eleven people were apprehended.
During the night, 24 suspects were apprehended, of which 14 were less than 21 years old and 7 were under 18. Half the apprehended were German citizens, of which 3 had a migration background (German: Migrationshintergrund) meaning their parents were not German citizens. The others originated from a number of countries: Somalia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
14 July police apprehended two further people suspected in having taken part in the violence and plunder.
According to police, extreme left activists obstructed the investigations by the police, who had asked the public for video recordings during the riots. The activists responded by flooding the police website with 7500 videos, unrelated to the Stuttgart riot, totalling more than 100GB to the police website to overload. The videos did not overload the police server but would waste police time as they had to be investigated.
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