In the night on Sunday it came on the forecourt of the manege and on the rifle mat to abandoned scenes: policemen and party-goers delivered an hour-long street fight.
A group of young people, who were on the forecourt of the riding school, threw beer bottles and stones at policemen and attacked them with fireworks. The police used chewing gum and pepper spray, wounded on both sides. The situation escalated shortly before midnight, the dispute lasted several hours and ended only in the early morning.
What happened? How did it come to this?
Eyewitness: That was a demonstration of power
An eyewitness who talked about the incident with the newspaper only arrived at the rifle mat at about one o'clock in the morning – when the riots were already in full swing. "Completely assembled policemen separate the front yard and the rifle bar some hours before the railway bridge through the human chain," he says. And: "Friends of mine got pepper spray even though they had not participated in the conflict."
He did not notice how it could escalate, but he was too late on the spot. Many people around him were already there, just before midnight, when a police patrol said verbally that they had to leave.
"The police are not very popular around the riding school," says the young man, who does not want to read his name in the newspaper. But he emphasizes that the police were only verbally attacked at the time, that no bottles had been flown, no stones had been thrown.
Nonetheless, the police patrol promptly asked for reinforcements: "A few minutes after the radio message, there was suddenly a whole police jacket in full gear," says a friend of our informant who was present at the time.
Thereupon it escalated, the fight had begun on both sides: the police had used "burgled" and pepper spray, the people in the forecourt had thrown stones and bottles against police and fireworks.
The police had deposited the Neustadt lab on the rifle mat. Video: Readers Reporter
Everyone who "started" did not see the person exactly, probably it was "about the same time". One thing is clear: "When the dispute escalated, many people walked anxiously to the rifle or to the forecourt of the riding school."
When the eyewitness left the scene around 2:15, there was still no peace in the parapet. His verdict is clear: "For me this was nothing more than a blatant demonstration of power by the police: completely unnecessary, they only wanted to show who this boss is. & # 39;
Police: reinforcement for attack on patrol
the Cantonal police Bern describes the events from the point of view of the police in a communiqué that was published on Sunday afternoon: A patrol of the canton group Bern was present on Saturday evening for a "preventive presence" in the Schützenmatte area.
Around 23.30 hours the police officers were thrown out of the riding school with water balloons and harassed by a group that also contained hoodlums. As a result, the patrol retreated from the throwing distance to "observe the further development". The group then also retreated temporarily – in the interior of the riding school.
Shortly after midnight, "about two dozen people had gathered from the riding school," many of whom were covered again with a hood. The police officers could also identify people in the group who carried sticks and bottles. "From the crowd several bottles were deliberately thrown against the emergency services," the statement said.
As a result, the patrol immediately asked reinforcements after a dispute broke out: "When more troops arrived, they were immediately attacked with stones, bottles, iron bars and bangers – some of the roof of the riding school and the cover provided."
For self-protection and to push the attackers back, you had to use rubber and "irritating". Some attackers would have tried to build a larger barricade with barricades. This was prevented by the armed forces with "more use of funds".
Several involved wounded, 8 people released
In the skirmishes three police officers were injured, two of whom had to be admitted to the hospital. An ambulance crew provided various people on the ground who had "complaints" due to the use of irritants.
In the course of the operation, the police stopped eight people, three of whom had previously thrown objects against police officers. The arrested persons were taken to a police station and had to give an answer to the judiciary.
Riding school confused about smiley-bullets
Late Sunday afternoon, the media group of the riding school reported through media publishing. As expected she condemns the & # 39; violent & # 39; police operation. Already well before midnight, employees noticed that several vans were parked in the Hodlerstrasse. That is why the students are thinking that the intervention was planned and the escalation desired.
The police also provided some of the used rubber bullets with smileys and other inscriptions: "The police seem to mock the people they shoot at, and thus confirm the suspicion of the planned escalation," says the communiqué. An employee of the riding school in high school writes about the "most senseless large-scale commitment in recent years".
Neustadt lab was spared
Juerg Luedi, project manager at Neustadtlabs 2018, surprised the escalation on the forecourt of the riding school. He was there earlier in the evening: "Everything was peaceful until midnight." At that time, the Neustadt laboratory had ceased its activities. "We did not have a big program tonight, the planned movie night was canceled because of the bad weather."
The Neustadt lab has its own security service, which regularly patrols on weekends. However, this did not affect Saturday. "It was a fight between the police and their opponents and opponents, which had nothing to do with the Neustadt lab."
As a result, the police closed the Neustadt lab. The buildings were not damaged in this way. Also, no visitors were involved in the dispute or wounded. (Berner newspaper)
Created: 02.09.2018, 17:11
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