On Sunday morning, a 21-year-old man was being pursued on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz by a group of around 10 to 15 men. In a side street, the group attacked him with kicks and punches. Only when observers approach do the attackers let go of him.

A 21-year-old was seriously injured in a violent attack near Alexanderplatz in Berlin. As the police said, citing information from a witness, the young man who was running away was followed early on Sunday morning by a group of around 10 to 15 men into a side street and attacked there with kicks and punches. He had to be operated on.

According to the witness, at least one of the unknown perpetrators also had a knife in his hand. The attackers moved away when the observer approached and wanted to help. The injured man was treated at the scene by police officers and paramedics and was taken to a hospital.

The crime happened around 4 a.m. in a parking lot on a side street in the immediate vicinity of Alexanderplatz. There are many hotels and hostels in the area. There is no further information about the events and possible backgrounds. The police began investigations into dangerous bodily harm.

According to the Berliner Kurier, Alexanderplatz is one of the crime-prone places in the capital. Violent clashes break out there again and again. “Here, professionals from the theft scene meet intoxicated and aggressive youth groups as well as the homeless,” confirm investigators from the Berliner Zeitung. Kicked to death by six young men in 2012, 20-year-old Johnny K. died in hospital as a result of a coma. In 2014, a 30-year-old was stabbed to death on Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, and in 2018 two men set fire to the clothes of a sleeping homeless person at the television tower.

The police have already increased their presence due to the frequent incidents. Since March 2018 there has been a public prosecutor who is specifically responsible for perpetrators from Alexanderplatz. The Alex guard is now manned around the clock.