Shortly before the G7 summit: suspicion of an arson attack on police cars in Munich

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Alleged arson attack on police cars shortly before the G7 summit

Police cars in Munich are on fire

Shortly before the G-7 summit, eight police cars caught fire in Munich. The vehicles were parked in front of the hotel where the rescue service was staying. Investigators suspect arson.

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The G-7 summit in Elmau is scheduled to begin on Sunday. Eight police cars caught fire in front of the hotel where the rescue services for the summit lived. This is not the first incident involving G7 politicians.

TOShortly before the G7 summit in Bavaria, eight police cars caught fire in Munich. According to a Munich police spokesman to the German news agency, federal riot police team buses stood in front of the hotel where the G-7 summit emergency services lived early Wednesday morning. Investigators suspected of arson. Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) only said on Monday that she did not see any specific threat to the summit.

Franz Haslbeck of the “Stop G 7 Elmau” protest alliance explicitly distanced himself from the alleged arson attack. He assumes that no organization from the alliance was involved, he told the German news agency. Haslbeck stressed that “Stop G 7 Elmau” means a peaceful protest.

Shortly after the arson attack on the vehicles became known, police searched for possible perpetrators, including by helicopter, but were initially unsuccessful, the spokesman said. Investigators examined a completely burned-out police van. Officials estimated the damage at six sites. No one is hurt.

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Police are now also investigating left-wing extremists. As Munich police spokesman Andreas Franken told the German news agency, the investigation is going in other directions. There are no suspects yet. “Of course, we assume this is a fire crime related to the G7 meeting, because the forces for this operation were here in Munich.”

This is not the first incident involving a meeting at Elmau Castle, which begins on Sunday and for which the highest security measures have already been taken. On Tuesday, dangerous manipulations with switchboards were known in the security area around the conference venue. Spots such as “Move G 7” and “No G 7” were also seen. Police assumed the crimes were politically motivated.

Rather, Faeser expects action from left-wing extremists

In addition, secret police documents from the 2015 summit, which also took place at Elmau Castle, were released to the public. Faeser responded calmly, saying the publication had no effect on current operational planning. However, he expects the activities of the left-wing extremist party, which, however, is not excluded from the Corona protests or in connection with the war in Ukraine.

The G-7 summit is planned from Sunday to Tuesday at Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which is now hermetically sealed. The Heads of State and Government of the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada will meet under Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD).

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