Gelsenkirchen (dpa / lnw) - In the case of an anti-Semitic demonstration in Gelsenkirchen near a synagogue, numerous reports have been received from the population.

"We have determined a first suspect and are very confident that we will identify more suspects," said a police spokesman on Friday.

Videos from the group of around 180 demonstrators were also published, which were also evaluated.

In the past few days there had also been anti-Israel riots in Solingen, Bonn and Münster.

The state parliament wants to deal with the incidents and also shed light on the police operation in Gelsenkirchen.

In a video broadcast by the Central Council of Jews on Twitter, chants with anti-Semitic content can be heard at the demo in Gelsenkirchen. In front of the synagogue you can recognize people with, among others, the Palestinian, Turkish and Tunisian flags. The police have made criminal charges against unknown persons - on suspicion of sedition, breach of the peace, resistance to enforcement officers, insults and violations of the Corona Protection Ordinance, the spokesman reported.

The video, which was distributed via Twitter, also shows that officials did not intervene despite the slogans.

The police spokesman said that initially there were not enough forces on site.

If the officials had "gone into the meeting", they would have had to give up the police chain to protect the synagogue, he said.

Ten people gathered at the train station on Wednesday, after which a group of around 180 people quickly formed and headed for the synagogue a few hundred meters away.

Officials who were at the station in the course of a Schalke soccer game quickly switched and formed a police chain around the church.


According to the police, the participants in the non-registered demo moved back towards the train station.

Since security has priority over prosecution, the chain of police to protect the synagogue has not been abandoned.

When reinforcements arrived at the train station, the demo had already been broken up.

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