Threats against police via social media channels
Concrete threats against the event and its visitors had "significantly increased" in the run-up to the event this year, according to the police. The opponents of the festival apparently "acted independently of the registered counter-demonstrations" and wanted to prevent the festival. Concrete threats against law enforcement officers and the police were also spread via social media channels, it said. Therefore, one must assume that this year an even larger number of violent people would move to prevent the festival.
Central Council of Eritreans can appeal against ban
However, despite repeated requests, the Central Council of Eritreans Germany, as organizer of the festival, did not adapt the security concept and, for example, did not submit any access regulations for the site. Rather, he announced "that he wanted to let everyone in and did not provide for any access restrictions," it said. The organizer can appeal against the decision of the public order office.
Disruptors injured 26 people, including seven police officers
In August last year, around 100 people attacked helpers and visitors to the event at the time, 26 of them were injured, and seven police officers also suffered minor injuries. The police finally broke up the event to ward off further dangers, and a total of 300 officers were on duty. Critics accuse the event of having a problematic proximity to the Eritrean government.