A 27-year-old man was arrested for a murder Tuesday night at a makeshift protest camp in the historic village of Hanau, the German authorities told Reuters. The alleged killer is believed to have shot eight people outside an espresso bar. Another three people were injured, one of them critically.
Hanau is in Rhineland-Palatinate, a region of northwestern Germany known for its strong support for the far-right Alternative for Germany party.
Late Tuesday evening, two suspects aged 38 and 39 were arrested near Hanau in connection with the shooting, according to the spokesperson for the security services for Rhineland-Palatinate. After a gun was found at the scene, a search warrant was executed on the houses of both suspects in nearby Lommel, where a car belonging to one of the suspects was found. Both suspects are expected to be brought before a judge on Wednesday.
Police said on Wednesday morning that more than 50 people have been taken into custody as a precautionary measure in the wake of the shootout. Six of the victims have been treated for their injuries at hospitals. Germany’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, said on Wednesday morning that the suspect was seeking to prevent the public from protesting a “Disobedience Protest.” This is the most active far-right protest movement in Germany, according to Reuters.
More protesters have gathered in Hanau in support of the deceased than some officials had initially hoped. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
In January, police in central Germany struggled to manage a group of far-right protesters, some of whom were armed, in a protest at the Hanover rail station. Following a clash with police officers in January in which eight were injured, there are questions about the ability of German authorities to maintain order at public protests. Protesters have demonstrated their own frustrations by attacking properties belonging to their political opponents. While the second Germany shooting is the deadliest incident of its kind since a series of knife attacks last year claimed the lives of 15 people, it is yet to be determined whether the violence at the protest camp is directly linked to the attack.
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