At least 282 attacks on police and fire brigade personnel were recorded in Germany on New Year’s Eve, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The Tagesspiegel daily said it had surveyed all 16 interior ministries of Germany’s federal states.
Some states such as Hesse and Baden-Württemberg did not provide any figures for attacks on emergency services, suggesting that the actual number was probably higher.
The highest number of attacks reportedly occurred in Berlin.
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In the capital, police confirmed 59 reported attacks against police officers and 43 against fire and rescue services.
This resulted in 145 arrests.
The New Year’s Eve violence provoked a debate about whether there should be tougher penalties for offenders.
Justice Minister Marco Buschmann has said in response that enforcing the current law should be the priority. (dpa/NAN)