The perpetrators fists and kicked the journalists. According to the trade union, at least five journalists were attacked, three of whom sustained minor injuries and one reporter was injured in the knee.
The attackers briefly snatched a cell phone from a journalist for the Tagesspiegel newspaper. There was a quarrel during which the reporter retrieved his smartphone. “The suspect has been arrested and we are investigating an attempted robbery,” a police spokeswoman told Bild.
Jörg Reichel, head of the Verdi Press Syndicate in Berlin, told Bild newspaper: “Several well-known right-wing extremists have been implicated in the attacks. We are very concerned about the potential for an increase in violence against journalists in the coming months.”
The attacks on journalists took place during an unregistered demonstration in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin. According to the police, several hundred people took part in it.
“The attackers learned of the neo-Nazis from Brandenburg, a group called Division MOL, operating near Straussberg, east of Berlin,” wrote the daily Tagesspiegel.
On Saturday, forensic patients demonstrated in several other German cities.
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