Investigators assume arson: Eight police cars burned out shortly before the G7 summit

Shortly before the G7 summit in Bavaria, eight police cars went up in flames in Munich. The team buses of the federal riot police were all in front of a hotel in the early Wednesday morning, in which the emergency services for the G7 summit were housed, as a spokesman for the Munich police told the German Press Agency. Investigators suspected arson.

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) only declared on Monday that she saw no concrete threat to the summit.

Franz Haslbeck from the protest alliance “Stop G7 Elmau” explicitly distanced himself from the alleged arson attack. He assumes that no organization from the alliance was involved, he told the German Press Agency. Haslbeck emphasized that “Stop G7 Elmau” stands for peaceful protest.

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Shortly after the arson attack on the vehicles became known, the police searched for possible perpetrators with a helicopter, among other things, but were initially unsuccessful, as the spokesman said. Investigators examined the completely burned-out police van. The officials estimated the damage in the six-digit range. Nobody got hurt.

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It is not the first incident related to the meeting at Schloss Elmau, which begins on Monday and for which the highest security precautions have already been taken. On Tuesday, some dangerous manipulations of power distribution boxes became known within the security area around the conference venue. Smearings such as “Move G7” and “No G7” have also been spotted. The police assumed that the crimes were politically motivated.

Also were secret police documents become public, originating from the summit in 2015, which was also held at Schloss Elmau. Faeser reacted calmly and said that the publication had no influence on the current operational planning. However, she expects activities from the left-wing extremist side, but they are not excluded from the Corona protests or in connection with the war in Ukraine.

The G7 summit is planned from Sunday to Tuesday at Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which has now been hermetically sealed off. Heads of state and government from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada will meet under the leadership of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). (dpa)

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