Despite stricter corona rules, the police found only a few violations in downtown Stuttgart over the weekend. Police unions are still warning of growing aggressiveness.
A police spokesman said that the intensified controls in downtown Stuttgart were essentially admonitions. No fines were imposed. In the state capital, it was compulsory to wear a mask in the pedestrian zones as well as in some public places and from 11 p.m. onwards, it was prohibited to consume alcohol outdoors. In addition, stores were no longer allowed to sell alcohol after 9 p.m.
The police were present with many emergency services from 10 p.m. and also checked ID cards. Well-known places where young people usually meet to celebrate were largely orphaned. There was a dense crowd in some bars. In the approved outdoor areas, alcohol could still be served according to the requirements of the city.
Unions: “Mood is becoming more aggressive”
Stuttgart is only one of numerous cities in Germany in which the measures with mask requirements and alcohol bans or curfew hours have recently been tightened due to the increased number of cases. “As before, there is still a high level of acceptance for the Corona rules,” said the Vice-Head of the Police Union (GdP), Jörg Radek. “But we also feel that the mood is starting to become more aggressive – for example, when we as the police want to enforce the measures. Then there is resistance. It starts with insults, then there is bullying, spitting, coughing. Experiencing everything our colleagues in this pandemic. “
“Then there is bullying, spitting, and coughing.”
The operations did not only come from so-called mask refusers. Citizens who want to be protected have recently called for their protective rights more strongly and in some cases more aggressively and, for example, pointed out mask refusers of their misconduct. “That is why there are now more such bets,” said Radek – but this trend cannot be substantiated with figures.
The Federal Chairman of the German Police Union (DPolG), Rainer Wendt, points out that there are no statistics for such attacks. “But there are more and more reports from the police force that the acceptance of the Corona rules has decreased overall and that action is increasingly open and aggressive against emergency services who are supposed to monitor and enforce compliance with the regulations,” said Wendt.
Police unions criticize information policy
The Baden-Württemberg state chairman of the DPolG, Ralf Kusterer, particularly criticized the state’s information policy. It is a big problem for the police to be “up to date” on a daily basis, i.e. to know which corona rules are currently in force. Here, Manfred Lucha’s (Greens) Ministry of Social Affairs is “not working professionally”. Neither citizens nor authorities are properly informed.
The Baden-Württemberg state chairman of the GdP, Hans-Jürgen Kirstein, does not consider the corona rules agreed by the federal and state governments to be implementable. On the one hand there is a lack of staff, on the other hand the regulations could change from place to place. The police officers therefore have to find out up-to-date every time about what is hardly affordable in shift work.
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