Over 200 detained in German May Day violence

German police on Monday said they detained over 200 people in Berlin and the northern city of Hamburg following violence involving left-wing extremists on the sidelines of May Day weekend demonstrations.

Some 100 policemen were hurt in clashes with demonstrators in Berlin, and 14 in Hamburg, authorities said. No figures were available for the number of demonstrators hurt.

In Berlin where up to 7,000 policemen were called in to deal with possible trouble — a regular feature on the sidelines of marches marking International Workers’ Day — 180 people were detained overnight Sunday to Monday and on May 1 itself, police said.

Rioters threw bottles and stones at banks and shops in Berlin, and set fire to several cars and waste containers in the city-port of Hamburg where some 50 people were detained, police added.

Violence was down however compared to the previous year, officials said.

Around 420,000 people held peaceful demonstrations in German towns and cities on Monday, according to the DGB trade union federation.

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