After the verdict, sympathizers of a young lady who had been handed a lengthy prison term for taking part in attacks against right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis staged demonstrations and got into altercations with police in numerous German cities.
Due to privacy laws, the Dresden state court on Wednesday found Lina E. guilty of severe bodily harm and membership in a criminal organization. She received a prison term of five years and three months.
After being held for about two and a half years before the ruling, the court announced a few hours later that she had been released with no further details.
Authorities charged the student with having “militant extreme-left ideology” and coming up with the plan to attack members of the far-right in Leipzig and adjacent towns.
By the end of 2019, three guys are claimed to have joined her. The Dresden court gave them prison terms ranging from 27 to 39 months.
Germany’s top security official announced shortly after the verdict that federal and state police will take prompt action in the event of future far-left violence.
According to the police, a protest in Leipzig on Wednesday night involved roughly 800 persons.
Later, several attempted to scale police barriers by hurling bottles, stones, and fireworks at officers. A police helicopter was also targeted with a laser.
Around 800 people in Bremen, located in the northwest, participated in a similar protest, while 1,200 people protested in Hamburg, where police claimed they were attacked with fireworks and bottles, according to the German news agency dpa.
An estimated 450 people participated in a relatively peaceful rally in Berlin.
On Saturday, a more extensive demonstration is anticipated in Leipzig.