Cologne: Thousands of people are following the start of the European Championship – police cleared Brussels Square and Aachener Weiher

On the first evening of the relaxed contact rules and the kick-off of the European Football Championship, Cologne city center was as full as it was before the pandemic.

The bars on the Cologne Rings were full at the start of the European Championship.

On the rings, on Zülpicher Straße and in the southern part of the city, thousands of people sat in the full outdoor areas of the restaurants, including many supporters of the national teams of Italy and Turkey.

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Spectators in front of a Cologne pub at the start of the European Championship

In most of the restaurants and bars outside, almost all seats were occupied in summer temperatures. “Corona is dead,” shouted a young woman on the Hohenzollernring.

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Public viewing also in the beer garden at Aachener Weiher

The police and the public order office went on patrols together and reported a relatively calm situation in the early evening. In some places, however, the start of the European Championship was a minor matter. Far from all restaurateurs have set up televisions. Before the European Football Championship, the city of Cologne had laid down rules for public viewing.

Police vacate Brussels Square – use at the Aachener Weiher

The situation at Brusselser Platz and Aachener Weiher is different: the Cologne police have cleared the popular square and side streets. Around 300 people were there around 10 p.m. despite the current alcohol and lingering ban.

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Police officers check the situation on Brussels Square

After the police officers initially issued requests to leave the area via loudspeakers, the area was then cleared. The eviction was over around 11 p.m., said a spokesman for the Cologne police.

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Celebrating and police officers stand at the Aachener Weiher.

At the Aachener Weiher there was again a folk festival atmosphere in the evening: There were also several police operations here. The officers were on site with several personnel carriers and expelled those present. Around 11:45 p.m., the large meadow by the pond was cleared. The celebrants protested, and bottles were sometimes thrown at the officials. An employee of the public order office was injured and given medical treatment.

According to initial information, several illegal parties were held here. Even at the moment there are still many celebrants and police officers at the Aachener Weiher. It is still unclear when the missions will end. (with mab)

Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by

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