Berlin police arrest 390 during New Year festivities, 54 police hurt

Police officers gather during a pro-Palestinian demonstration at Kottbusser Tor in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg during the New Year's Eve. Michael Kappeler/dpa
Police officers gather during a pro-Palestinian demonstration at Kottbusser Tor in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg during the New Year's Eve. Michael Kappeler/dpa

Around 390 people were detained during festivities on Berlin streets on New Year's Eve, many due to dangerous use of fireworks that also caused harm to several police officers, according to the Berlin police on Monday.

A total of 54 police officers were injured, 30 of them by pyrotechnics. Eight of the injured police officers were unable to continue their duties, police spokeswoman Anja Dierschke said.

In all, 720 investigations have been launched had been opened into incidents throughout the city between 6 pm (1700 GMT) on New Year's Eve and 6 am on New Year's Day, Dierschke said.

However, overall, the police were satisfied with how they handled the evening after banning fireworks in certain streets and identifying areas of potential trouble proved effective, she said.

A significantly increased police presence in the city also led to more arrests, she said, noting more than 3,200 additional police officers were deployed on New Year's Eve, alongside 1,000 police officers in patrol cars.

Police cars stand under the Linden trees, while beams of light from the rehearsals in front of the Brandenburg Gate shine above during an event marking the New Year's Eve. Annette Riedl/dpa
Police cars stand under the Linden trees, while beams of light from the rehearsals in front of the Brandenburg Gate shine above during an event marking the New Year's Eve. Annette Riedl/dpa