Using water cannons against the demonstrators was out of the question.
Today, 10.000 people demonstrated against Israel here in my hometown Duisburg
(Germany) to express their solidarity with Hamas. So, my girlfriend and me
put two Israel flags out of the windows of our flat in the 3rd floor. During the
demonstration which went through our street the police broke into our flat and
removed the flag of Israel. The statement of the police was to de-escalate the
situation, because many youth demonstrators were on the brink of breaking into
our apartment house. Before this they threw snowballs, knifes and stones against
our windows and the complete building. We both were standing on the other side of
the street and were shocked by seeing a police officer standing in our bedroom
and opening the window to get the flag. The picture illustrate this situation.
The police acquiesced in the demands of the mob.