Berlin Police: Car Hits Chancellery Gate, Little Damage

Elias Hubbard
Ноября 26, 2020

A auto stand in front of the chancellery after it crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellors Angela Merkel's offices in Berlin, Germany.

Photos from the scene show police inspecting the estate auto at the gate with the words "Stop Globalisation Politics" written in white on its right side and "You damn killers of children and old people" on the other. The driver was detained, they added. On the other side it said "stop the globalisation policies".

Spokesman Hartmut Paeth said police were on the scene investigating the incident but had no details about injuries or arrests.

Following the incident, images showed that the gates at the front of Merkel's offices had been bent from the impact.

The driver was known to authorities for a similar incident in 2014, a German interior ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

The vehicle, which did not look damaged, touched the gates where concrete slates were raised as an additional security precaution preventing any vehicles from forcing their way into the site of Chancellor Angela Merkel's office. The auto carried a slogan scrawled in white paint on the side that condemned climate change and the man was taken into custody.

Merkel said the measures introduced in early November, including limits on private gatherings and the closure of restaurants, leisure and cultural facilities, can not be lifted given current infection rates.

The chancellery office, a white post-modernist structure set across a square from the Reichstag building that houses Germany's parliament, is well set back from any main roads. The exterior gate that was hit can be accessed from public streets.

However, Merkel was due to meet with state governors today to discuss extending health guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The government's approach towards slowing the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions enjoy widespread support among most Germans but they have also prompted occasionally violent protests in some big cities.

In order to ease restrictions, the infection rate would have to come down to below 50 new cases per 100,000 people per week, Merkel said - a far cry from the current seven-day incidence of nearly 140.

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