On Friday evening, young people attacked the police in the city center of St. Gallen. At around 9 p.m., they threw objects at the police, who responded with rubber bullets and carried out identity checks.
After a temporary lull, the situation worsened again around 10:30 p.m. when police received Molotov cocktails. The police intervention ended at around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, St Gallen city police spokesman Klaus-Dieter Mennel said on Saturday morning.
There was material damage, he added. Bicycles were thrown on the road and objects set on fire. The windows seem to have been spared.
19 people in detention
Following the events, the police took 19 people into custody for clarification. According to a police spokesperson, they have all since been released.
Two young people were injured during clashes with the police. The atmosphere was very aggressive, according to Klaus-Dieter Mennel. The violent young people were a small group that had broken away from the group of 300 to 350 young people, he said.
The young people initially gathered in Red Square, a traditional meeting place for young people. Then around 9 p.m., the situation escalated. On the outskirts of the old town, young people attacked the police, who responded with rubber bullets, said the spokesperson.
After that, the situation temporarily calmed down but the atmosphere remained tense. Clashes erupted again after police dispersed the crowd. According to the spokesperson, several Molotov cocktails were thrown at police officers near the station. The latter then resorted to pepper spray.
The police went there with a large contingent. A helicopter also flew over the city for several hours. A week ago, scuffles and material damage already took place after at an illegal party.