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Berlin riots which left scores of officers injured condemned

Rioting in the German capital by left-wing protesters which left scores of police officers injured over the weekend have been condemned by Berlin officials.

City interior minister Frank Henkel called the riots in the Friedrichshain district, which followed police operations last month at buildings taken over by squatters, a "leftist orgy of violence".

City officials are holding a meeting on how to react to Saturday night's events, which police called "the most aggressive and violent protests in the last five years".

The issue comes amid rising political tension before regional elections in September.

German police said two people are still in custody for breach of the peace, and 100 protesters are under investigation.

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