‘Shocking’ Violence Against Police as Riots, ‘Migration Background’ Sexual Assaults Grip German Summer Festival

A German folk festival in Schorndorf in Baden-Württemberg was rocked this weekend by riots and a number of sexual assaults by men police describe as coming from migration backgrounds. On Saturday night police arrested three 17-year-old asylum seekers from Afghanistan who are accused of sexually harassing several women at the festival. The night before several other sex attacks were reported both at the festival and in nearby fields with one Iraqi man identified as a suspect Die Welt reports. On the final night of the festival on Sunday police say that around a thousand young people gathered in the town centre and rioted and rampaged. Police say that close to 50 percent of the rioters came from a migrant background. The riot started after someone threw a glass bottle but police say they have no idea who threw it. The initial incident led to people throwing glass bottles at the facade of the Schorndorf Castle and at the police. The violence did not stop with glass bottles as during the course of the night several gangs of young men numbering 30 to 50 people roamed through the town centre armed with knives. Police spokesman Ronald Krötz said, “the violence against the officials was frightening, ”