On November 25th, a car crashed into the gates of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Photographs and footage of the car showed that the car writings on both of its sides, in German.
The Volkswagen Sedan had license plates from the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Lippe. Both the car and the metal gate showed minor signs of damage.
One reads – “Stop Globalization in Politics”, while the other reads “You damned children and old people murderers.”
— İlhan Atasoy (@ilhan_atasoy) November 25, 2020
Besonders schnell war es wohl nicht unterwegs. Und ein besonders schneller Denker wird auch nicht am Lenker gesessen haben dem Slogan nach… pic.twitter.com/IW1JAd1d28
— NineBerry (@NineBerry) November 25, 2020
There were no immediate reports of casualties. Dozens of police and a fire engine were on the scene. It is unknown who the driver is and there is no footage showing him, yet.
The Berlin police tweeted that “our colleagues are currently on the scene at the office of the Chancellor along with federal police. A car is stood at the gate of the building — we’re in the process of clarifying whether the driver steered into it. He has been taken into police custody. More info to follow.”
Aktuell sind unsere Kolleg. gemeinsam mit der @bpol_b am #Bundeskanzleramt im Einsatz. Ein Auto steht am Tor des Gebäudes – Wir klären derzeit, ob der Fahrer dieses dagegen gesteuert hat. Er wurde in polizeilichen Gewahrsam genommen. Weitere Infos folgen.
— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) November 25, 2020
Merkel was scheduled to be hosting a video conference of German state premiers on the morning of November 25th, at which an extension to the coronavirus lockdown and further steps to combat the pandemic were due to be discussed.
There is a live feed of the situation:
One might consider that the crash was an incident, but the writings on it, as well as the fact that the chancellery office, a white post-modernist structure set across a square from the Reichstag building that houses Germany’s parliament, is well set back from any main roads.
Europe, and primarily France, is on high alert after suspected Islamist militants killed eight people in Paris, Nice and Vienna in recent weeks.
On November 24th, Swiss police have identified a Swiss woman who knifed a victim in the neck and grabbed another by the throat in a Lugano department store as a known jihadist.
The time of year near Christmas is sensitive: four years ago, on December 19th, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker with Islamist links, hijacked a truck then plowed it into a crowded Berlin Christmas market, killing 11 more people and injuring dozens of others.
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