Mannheim, German territory: The preparations had been completed, around 30 young people once again adjusted the tables and waited for the first guests. On Saturday, January 19, the opening ceremony of the “Ewwe longt’s – Linkes Zentrum Mannheim” (leftwing center Mannheim) was to begin at 2 pm in Kobellstraße. The first guests were already there, including some children. But suddenly about 15 young people ran into the shop, many with black rain jackets and hoodies, which apparently did not come to celebrate.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only
Among these people, including a woman, were some familiar faces. When a rally for rescue at sea in Heidelberg was disturbed, a similarly composed group had caused riots. People acting under the label “Identitary Movement” (IB) repeatedly cause a stir. Also present: Leon Stockmann, member of the state executive committee of the youth organization of the fascist AfD: “Junge Alternative”. Yesterday KIM had reported about him.
Pepper spray and Bengali fire
The people in charge of the “Ewwe longt’s” immediately spoke out a ban for the house, but the group did not want to leave. In front of the shop there was a war of words and pushing on the street. Then the far right activists started to spray pepper spray on visitors* inside the “Ewwe longt’s” and ignited a Bengali fire. Pepper spray was also sprayed on the employee of the KIM who was watching the event.
Meanwhile a riot police squat came running along the Kobellstraße from direction Käfertaler Straße. There were two police vans positioned – the police had already counted with a possible attack in advance. The “identitaries” ran away, only Leon Stockmann and another one stopped. Apparently he was waiting for his girlfriend, who had stayed behind alone.
In the Neckarstadt-Ost a car chase took place. Riot police ran after the presumed “identitaries” and could seize some. On the spot, Ralph Hartmannsgruber, the head of the police station, reported to KIM that the police were able to catch five people and that they were now carrying out ID checks and searches. Leon Stockmann was checked by the police a few metres next to the “Ewwe longt’s”. His backpack was searched.
Investigations into severe bodily injury and violation of the Explosives Act
In the “Ewwe longt’s” peace slowly returned. The whole incident lasted only a few minutes. Some guests were injured by pepper spray. The children were fortunately all in the building and hardly noticed the incident. Little by little more guests came and the program for the opening ceremony could start as planned at 3 pm.
In the evening the police explained to KIM that they investigate because of severe bodily injury and offence against the explosives act by the attackers. In the course of the further search, a total of nine persons were checked. They all became a ban for the premises. One of them had been taken to the police station to be identified. Two cans with pepper spray were found during the searches. The investigations continued in the evening.
A report about the opening ceremony of the “Ewwe longt’s” follows in the KIM.
Support Enough is Enough! Donate!
Donation for our work in the Enough is Enough info-shop and our independent reporting on our blog and social media channels. Even 1€ can make a difference.
Keep the Enough is Enough blog and the Enough is Enough Info-Café going. You can do that with a donation here, or by ordering stickers, posters, t-shirts , hoodies or one of the other items here or click at the image below.