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Derby in Leipzig: Here the police flee from the football mob! | Regional

Leipzig – Saturday afternoon, football derby in Leutzsch, chemistry welcomes Lok. And while the ball is still rolling, what many feared happens: riots in the regional league! In the end, eight police officers are injured.

The police helicopter is already circling from midday, 150 officers control the approach of around 500 locomotive fans. The first escalation then in the 1st half. A column of black smoke over the chemistry fan block, Bengalos, fire!

Thick smoke billows from the locomotive block. A banner reads “Fight the Enemy”

Photo: Michael Taeger/Jan Huebner

When the police approached the block with cameras to record videos for evidence, the officers met with sheer hatred. Hooligans throw everything they can get at the police officers: slats, squared timber, boards, chairs, whole tables! A video from the fan block shows officials fleeing the football mob gone mad. “The colleagues withdrew to de-escalate,” said the police diplomatically.

Were the riots and the attack on the officials planned?

While in other stadiums meticulous attention is paid to removing lighters and potential projectiles from the fans before entering, in the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark the building materials were lying around ready to hand. According to the police, the fence was also prepared for a space storm! Later, locomotive fans even fired rockets directly into the chemistry ranks, black smoke rises again!

Barriers became projectiles

Barriers became projectiles

Photo: Michael Taeger/Jan Huebner

Hatred and violence go into overtime after the game. In the tram, locomotive fans sing “songs that incite the people,” and at around 8:50 p.m., 60 chemical fans attack the “Stellwerk” fan meeting point on Prager Strasse. Four locomotive fans are injured (including traumatic brain injury). Later there were also fights on Connewitzer Strasse, during which the victims were also stolen from (including their EC cards).

The police were able to arrest four thugs, the personal details of 70 men were recorded, and criminal proceedings were initiated against 20. One of the eight injured officers is now unfit for work.

Fans wall tunnel to the stadium

Even before the game, there had been taunts from the fans: the tunnel of the Leutzsch railway underpass was apparently bricked up by supporters of the BSG Chemie during the night, so that Lok’s fan march could not get through!

But the police arrived in the morning with a wheelbarrow and a hammer and removed the aerated concrete blocks. About 500 fans of the blue and yellow were then able to pull through the so-called “mousetrap” as planned.

No passage in the “mousetrap”. The underpass to the stadium was bricked up

Photo: Silvio Bürger

The officials tore down the wall - and stood in front of a second one

The officials tore down the wall – and stood in front of a second one

Photo: Silvio Bürger

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