Authorities in the town of Schorndorf in Baden-Württemberg have expressed shock after police and bystanders were attacked by members of a group of around 1,000 youths.
Police report that a group of around 1,000 teenagers and young men gathered on Saturday evening in the grounds of Schorndorf Castle, as the small town celebrated the second day of its week-long town fair. According to police, a large portion of the group had immigrant backgrounds.
From within the group, beer bottles were thrown at the walls of the castle, at other festival-goers, and eventually at police officers.
"The violence faced by police was shocking," a police spokesperson said, adding that while it was normal for large numbers of youth to gather at the festival, the aggression was new.