Stabbing Sparks Protests in Germany
TAR Offers Wide Range of Riot Control Solutions
The stabbing death of a 35-year-old man in the German town of Chemnitz on Sunday, August 26th led to violent anti-immigration protests organized by far-right groups. After false reports surfaced that the murdered man had been defending a woman from Middle East refugees, right wing leaders took to social media calling on supporters to protest the injustice.
The next two days saw violent clashes between police, anti-immigrant protestors, and individuals who came out in support of the refugees. Two arrests were made and police are pursuing 10 individuals who made Nazi salutes outlawed in Germany.
Evolution of Riot Control Methods
Throughout the 20th century, anti-government protests have led to hundreds of civilian deaths eventually resulting in regime change. In some cases, like the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 or the more recent coup attempt in Turkey, they have provided the autocrats at the top an excuse for extinguishing the remnants of opposition.
It has become clear that violently crushing a protest is likely to lead to either the collapse of the ruling party or further repression. It’s needless to say that modern democracies are weary of such escalations. It has therefore become incumbent upon governments and Law Enforcement agencies to come up with new innovations in equipment and methodologies that allow Police and Riot control Units to disperse riots quickly and effectively using non-lethal methods.