The political messages on the sides of the car are clearly visible. The car is in front of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official seat – the gate to the Chancellery was damaged in the action.
Berlin (dpa) – A 54-year-old driver rammed his car into the fence of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. He damaged at least two metal struts from the front gate of the car, a DPA photographer reported Wednesday morning.
The driver of the vehicle with protest messages has been taken into custody by the police, the Berlin police announced on Twitter. According to the police, the background was initially unclear.
On the driver’s side of the dark station wagon, it was written in white, “You goddamn killers of children and the elderly.” On the passenger side, it said, “Stop globalization policy”.
Whether the man was known to the police and whether it was a targeted attack was initially unclear: you could not say that, said a police spokeswoman. Investigate in all directions.
The incident took place during the current session of the federal cabinet. This usually meets on Wednesday morning in the Chancellery.
Police cordoned off the area after the incident. There were ambulances in the area. According to a report by a DPA photographer, a person was said to have been slightly injured and treated in an ambulance.
It is not allowed to enter the access area of the Federal Chancellery. This is indicated with a sign. Only cyclists are allowed to continue driving. However, it is land on public roads. In front of the Chancellery, there is a gate that can be sunk into the ground and is usually open.
It was initially unclear whether the move may have been related to the recent protests against government measures to contain the corona pandemic. Last week, during a vote by the Bundestag on the Infection Protection Act, protest rallies in the immediate vicinity of the Bundestag and in front of the Chancellery were banned.
According to media reports, the same car was hit the fence of the Chancellery in February 2014. Photos from the then incident show the car with political letters targeting climate change. There was a declaration of love on the other side of the car. No one was injured, the car was moving very slowly, the police said at the time. The 48-year-old driver of the car was arrested at the time.