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Germany: Police raid that led to Berlin riots ruled illegal

  • 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)

A court in Berlin has ruled that a police raid on a left-wing squat in the capital was illegal.

The raid on June 22 triggered a series of clashes between left-wing extremists and police.

In the most violent incident, 123 officers were injured during a riot in the Friedrichshain district that has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years.

According to German news agency dpa, Berlin's regional court ruled Wednesday that the owner of the building had failed to submit a bailiff's order that would have justified the raid.