200 Residents Clash With German Police As They Try To Escape Tower Block Put On Lockdown

German tower block residents have clashed with police in a failed attempt to escape quarantine as the country battles a new spike in coronavirus cases.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The violence erupted after 200 residents tried to charge through a metal barrier keeping 700 people trapped in their apartment buildings in Göttingen.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Eight police officers were hurt as residents threw stones and bottles during the clashes on Saturday, and one man was arrested last night.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The complex was put in lockdown on Thursday after two people were found to be infected, and 120 people had tested positive by Friday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Authorities have since employed translators and sent out texts in German and Romanian to try and persuade residents that the lockdown is necessary.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

A handful of new clusters including the one in Göttingen have sent Germany's closely-watched R rate soaring from 0.86 to 2.88 in just three days, and the number of new cases rose from week to week for the first time since March.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Footage which circulated on social media showed some of the protesters throwing a crowd control barrier at police during the scuffle.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Göttingen police chief Uwe Luehrig said police had responded with pepper spray after they came under attack with stones and bottles.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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