Lots of alcoholic people there
Corona violence in the city of St.Gallen: Violent clashes between young party-goers and the police +++ Blind destructive rage in the old town
After an illegal party at Drei Weieren, there were violent clashes between mostly young partygoers and the police on Friday evening in downtown St.Gallen. A lot of alcohol was involved – and there were chaotic scenes with property damage at an unknown level in the old town.
Hardly a week goes by without at least one illegal party taking place in the city of St.Gallen. The corona rules are usually violated in restaurants or apartments. On Friday evening it was the turn of the Drei Weieren. There was a police operation after numerous people had gathered in the local recreation area to drink, listen to music and celebrate together.
Calls made the rounds on Tiktok, Snapchat & Co.
On Friday evening, social media like Tiktok, Instagram or Snapchat made the rounds to go to Drei Weieren. The police got wind of it prematurely.
Dionys Widmer, spokesman for the St.Gallen city police, confirms the mission on Drei Weieren on request. Widmer said that the calls that were circulating on social media were known in advance. The situation has been continuously assessed and the situation has been observed. Widmer speaks of over 100 people who went to Drei Weieren – “they had a lot of alcohol with them,” said the police spokesman.
“We do not tolerate such parties”
The police subsequently managed to break up the crowd. The police prevented other people from reaching Drei Weieren by barriers. Dionys Widmer describes the atmosphere that prevailed on site as “largely peaceful”. Although there were individual firecrackers and bottles thrown against the police, the situation then calmed down again immediately.
As a result, the partygoers would have moved to the city center, namely to the area of Red Square, where there is a rather aggressive atmosphere.
On site, the party people responded to the police presence with chants: “Shit police” and “Shit corona”, the groups called out to the police officers who had moved in. Objects were thrown at the emergency services until the ten or so police officers withdrew from Red Square.
The mood among the people was upset: “We finally want to get out again and celebrate! The police can’t help us, ”said a young adult angrily. They have held out for months now, people just need some time to go out again.
Dionys Widmer could not answer the question of the extent to which party-goers have been fined for the time being. “One thing is clear: such parties are forbidden, we will not tolerate them,” said the police spokesman. At around 10.30 p.m. Dionys Widmer reported that there were now over 200 mostly young people at Red Square. “We are monitoring the situation,” said Widmer.
Broken windows, barricades and trench warfare
Around an hour later, eyewitnesses reported that the police had started to clear Red Square. Police officers in heavy gear advanced with protective shields and irritant gas. For their part, the party-goers reacted with violence: They sought refuge in the side streets and began breaking windows, turning over plant pots and erecting barricades out of garden chairs. They also threw stones at the advancing police.
In Gallusstrasse there was a real positional warfare between the city police and the mob of angry young adults. Hooded young men smashed the windows of the Facincani restaurant and began to throw the restaurant’s inventory at the emergency services. About two dozen police officers lined up in two rows and advanced. Blockades were also set up against the police officers. The security forces finally succeeded in driving the mob out of the alley – the mostly masked young people then spread out in all directions. Property damage and skirmishes against the police took place in large areas of the city.
Damage of an unknown amount
Shortly before 1 a.m., police spokesman Dionys Widmer confirmed the evacuation of Red Square and the clashes at various locations in the city. The operation is still ongoing, so Widmer – there are still people rioting in various places. The police stopped several people, and further investigations followed.
The police spokesman has not yet been able to provide any information on the amount of property damage. For tactical reasons, Dionys Widmer did not comment on the question of how many police officers had been dispatched. For the time being, Widmer had no knowledge of injuries.
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