A special comission has spent the past six months combing through images of rioters at the Hamburg G20. Police have now carried out raids across Germany.
German police launched a series of raids on Tuesday against people suspected of rioting during the G20 meeting in Hamburg in July, local media reported.
The investigative criminal police forces (LKA) in several states raided more than 20 properties across Germany, according to “Spiegel” news magazine and public broadcaster NDR. The raids took place in the states of Hamburg, Berlin, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Rhineland-Palatinate and Lower Saxony.
The raids were carried out under the auspices of a 170-member special commission that was formed in July after chaotic and violent scenes at the G20 by the so-called “Black Block” in Hamburg’s district of Bahrenfeld. Investigators have spent the past six months combing through thousands of videos, images and surveillance images taken during the meetings.
In Hamburg, one of the raids reportedly targeted Deniz Ergün, a leader of the Roter Aufbau a radical leftwing, anti-imperialist group that was implicated in the riots.
The raids were reportedly aimed at seizing evidence to be used in prosecution of suspected rioters.