Hamburg’s mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has expressed indignation at the G20 summit on the concept of “police violence”. The violence and the destruction had clearly gone out of mute, said Scholz on Tuesday radio Hamburg.
“Whoever puts the word” police “in his mouth discredits the police as a whole.” Against this “political concept of the struggle” of the left, autonomous and often violent scene he stood. “I think this is a monstrosity that can be pushed and put on a step,” said Scholz.
The SPD-Bundesvice again defended the work of the police. After every major use of police, there were, of course, also complaints, this time, too, and this was going on, said Scholz. But we should not shift the situation now.
There were 20,000 policemen in the city, would have ensured security, had done great work, worked 50 hours, and had hardly slept. “Then you have to say: ‘They deserve our thanks and respect,’ said the mayor.
He stressed that, in the case of complaints, of course, the exact course would be looked at very carefully. Last Friday Scholz told the station NDR 90.3: “Police did not exist, which is a denunciation, which I decidedly refuse.”