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Berlin leftist rioting leaves 120 officers injured

  • Destroyed cars stand in a street in Berlin Sunday July 10, 2016.  Police say more than 120 officers were injured and some 86 demonstrators were detained during leftist riots Saturday in the German capital which police calls the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years. Berlin police said in a statement Sunday leftist protesters threw bottles, cobble stones and fireworks, destroyed cars and attacked officers with fists and kicks. It was not clear how many rioters were injured in the quarrels. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)

    Destroyed cars stand in a street in Berlin Sunday July 10, 2016. Police say more than 120 officers were injured and some 86 demonstrators were detained during leftist riots Saturday in the German capital which police calls the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years. Berlin police said in a statement Sunday leftist protesters threw bottles, cobble stones and fireworks, destroyed cars and attacked officers with fists and kicks. It was not clear how many rioters were injured in the quarrels. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday July 9, 2016 picture, protesters demonstrate in Berlin. Police say more than 120 officers were injured and some 86 demonstrators were detained during leftist riots in the German capital which police calls the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years. Berlin police said in a statement Sunday leftist protesters threw bottles, cobble stones and fireworks, destroyed cars and attacked officers with fists and kicks. It was not clear how many rioters were injured in the quarrels.  Inscription deals with a squattered house in Rigaer street in Berlin.  (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)

    In this Saturday July 9, 2016 picture, protesters demonstrate in Berlin. Police say more than 120 officers were injured and some 86 demonstrators were detained during leftist riots in the German capital which police calls the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years. Berlin police said in a statement Sunday leftist protesters threw bottles, cobble stones and fireworks, destroyed cars and attacked officers with fists and kicks. It was not clear how many rioters were injured in the quarrels. Inscription deals with a squattered house in Rigaer street in Berlin. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday July 9, 2016 picture protesters demonstrate on the roof  of a house in Berlin, Germany. Police say more than 120 officers were injured and some 86 demonstrators were detained during leftist riots in the German capital which police calls the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years. Berlin police said in a statement Sunday leftist protesters threw bottles, cobble stones and fireworks, destroyed cars and attacked officers with fists and kicks. It was not clear how many rioters were injured in the quarrels. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)

    In this Saturday July 9, 2016 picture protesters demonstrate on the roof of a house in Berlin, Germany. Police say more than 120 officers were injured and some 86 demonstrators were detained during leftist riots in the German capital which police calls the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years. Berlin police said in a statement Sunday leftist protesters threw bottles, cobble stones and fireworks, destroyed cars and attacked officers with fists and kicks. It was not clear how many rioters were injured in the quarrels. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police say more than 120 officers were injured and 86 demonstrators have been detained during leftist riots in the German capital which police call "the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years."

Berlin police said in a statement Sunday that protesters threw bottles, cobblestones and fireworks, destroyed cars and attacked officers. It wasn't immediately clear how serious the injuries were, or how many rioters were injured in the clashes.

About 3,500 protesters participated in the rallies, which started Saturday evening and lasted until early Sunday. Activists had called for the demonstration to protest against police operations at squatted buildings in the eastern part of the city last month.

Around 1,800 police officers were called in to monitor the protesters.