Car accident in the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, driver arrested

The driver, who appeared in middle age, was taken away in a wheelchair.

Berlin:

A Reuters witness said a car crashed on Wednesday at the door of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin, raising slogans.

Reuters photos of the scene show police inspecting the estate car at the gate with the words “Stop Globalization Politics” written on the right side in white and on the other side “You fucking kids and old killers”.

There were no reports of immediate casualties and it was not known if Merkel was inside the building. Dozens of police and firefighters participated in the incident. The driver, who appeared in middle age, was taken away in a wheelchair.

Berlin police said on Twitter: “We sit down if the driver has deliberately waved at (the door).” “He was taken into custody.”

A firefighter then moved the car, which bore a Northwest Lippy County license plate, away from the door. The fence and the car appeared largely intact.

Merkel hosted a videoconference with the German prime minister on Wednesday to discuss the extension of the coronovirus lockdown and additional measures to deal with the outbreak.

Europe is on high alert for suspected terrorists after eight militants have been killed in Paris, Nice and Vienna in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Swiss police identified a Swiss woman who stabbed a knife in the neck of a victim and clutched another in the Lugano department store.

Four years ago, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker with an Islamic connection hijacked a truck and then threw it in a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 11 more people and injuring dozens more.

The Chancellery Office, a white post-modernist structure in a plaza in the Reichstag building that houses the German parliament, is well located away from all main streets.

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