Attempted arson attack on vaccination center in Saxony

A vaccination center in Treuen (Saxony) has been the target of an arson attack. According to the police, it remained in one attempt. As the Zwickau police department announced on Wednesday, strangers threw three beer bottles with a flammable liquid against a roller door of the facility on Tuesday evening. The police suspect ethanol, but an exact analysis is still pending. The incendiary devices did not ignite, so no fire broke out. People weren’t hurt. According to the police, there is no significant damage.

According to police spokesman Jan Meinel, the police used a helicopter and thermal imaging cameras to search for the perpetrators. So far, however, there is no trace of them. The police now want to question witnesses. The property was secured by a security service. The alleged perpetrators had waited a time when the patrol was on the other side of the building, it said. They are said to have escaped in a car. The police are looking for a red car that is said to have driven towards Auerbach at the time of the crime. According to witness statements, three people were sitting in the vehicle.

Such an incident has not yet occurred at the vaccination center in Treuen, said the spokesman. The Treuen vaccination center is one of 13 vaccination centers in Saxony and is operated in the Spectrum Center Eich, a former shopping center. At the end of September, the vaccination center, like all other such facilities in the Free State, is due to close.

Corona deniers and critics of protective measures had repeatedly mobilized against vaccination in the past. According to the Thuringia Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, two medical assistants were recently injured in an attack in Gera. According to this, a man had requested a vaccination certificate from them, but did not want to be vaccinated. When the staff refused to give him the certificate, he hit her. They had to go to the hospital.

Elsewhere too, criticism of vaccination resulted in violence. In April there was an attack with Molotov cocktails on a vaccination center in the northern Italian city of Brescia. There were also attacks in France. (dpa)

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