Streets set on fire as police and May Day protesters battle in Berlin (VIDEOS)

Dozens of separate protests took place in Berlin, drawing demonstrators from across the political spectrum. Police had their hands full, as some of these groups started fires and smashed cars.

May Day is an international day of leftist protest, but demonstrations in Berlin on Saturday drew participants of all stripes. Pro- and anti-vaxxers, trade unionists, anti-capitalist radicals, Palestinian activists and techno music fans all took to the streets in around 20 separate protests across the city. Notably absent were the extreme right, although small right-wing protests were held in other German cities.

A heavy contingent of police kept order throughout the day, periodically arresting protesters for violating face masking rules. By late afternoon, police said that 60 demonstrators were arrested at a protest against the virus restrictions in the Lichtenberg neighborhood.

An der Kreuzung Siegfriedstrasse/Rüdigerstrasse holen Polizisten mehrere Querdenker aus dem Demozug. Sie scheinen gegen die Corona-Auflagen verstoßen zu haben. #1mai

— Jan Hn (@JanHn4) May 1, 2021

As evening fell, the more radical protesters involved in the ‘Revolutionary May 1st Protest’ gathered in Neukolln for a fitting march along Karl Marx Strasse. Fires were lit and the atmosphere took on an angrier demeanor. 

2100 Sonnenallee Neukölln #b0105 @rbb24

— Olaf Sundermeyer (@O_Sundermeyer) May 1, 2021

Hab ich in #Berlin länger nicht erlebt. Polizei kommt auf der Sonnenallee nicht so richtig vor die Lage. @welt #b0105

— Alexander Dinger (@AlexanderDinger) May 1, 2021

Bottles were reportedly thrown at police, and after remaining at a distance for some time, cops intervened to break up protests along the Sonnenallee. Video footage shows officers dragging protesters to the ground, as the sound of broken glass rings out.

Die Sonnenallee ist ein einziges Schlachtfeld. Polizei unter Dauerbeschuss, brennende Barrikaden etc #b0105

— julius geiler (@glr_berlin) May 1, 2021

As Berlin’s 10pm curfew approached, police continued making arrests and attempting to disperse the crowds. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fires started by the leftists.

As The Crowds Reduce Berlin PD Continue To Sweep The Area #Berlin | #Germany

— J̵̟̦̲̞̭̱̀̈́͑̄̇̈́̚͝ustice (@The_Justice7) May 1, 2021

Jetzt mehrere Festnahmen auf der Sonnenallee. @welt #b0105

— Alexander Dinger (@AlexanderDinger) May 1, 2021

2120 Löscharbeiten von @Berliner_Fw unter Schutz von @polizeiberlin auf der Sonnenallee mitten im Protestgeschehen #b0105 @rbb24

— Olaf Sundermeyer (@O_Sundermeyer) May 1, 2021

Cars were apparently targeted at random by vandals. As the protesters moved past, reporter Alexander Dinger noted that one family emerged from their house, saw their car smashed, and wondered “why?”

Gerade kommen Leute aus ihren Häusern und begutachten die Schäden. Betroffen u.a ein kleiner Eckgrill. Eine Familie kommt aus dem Haus, sieht ihr Auto. Fragt: Warum? @welt #b0105

— Alexander Dinger (@AlexanderDinger) May 1, 2021

Demonstrators in several European countries marked May Day with protests, with intense clashes breaking out in France and a heavy police crackdown seen in Belgium.

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Source:RT World News

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