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Berlin condemns riots that injured scores of officers

  • 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 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)

Berlin officials have condemned riots by leftist protesters in the German capital that left scores of police officers injured over the weekend.

City interior minister Frank Henkel on Monday called the riots in the Friedrichshain district, which followed police operations last month at buildings taken over by squatters, a "leftist orgy of violence."

Top city officials were getting together for a meeting on how to react to Saturday night's outburst of violence, which police called "the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years."

The issue comes amid political tension before September regional elections.

German police said two people were still in custody Monday for violating the public peace and 100 protesters were under investigation.