The car crashes into the gates of Angela Merkel's office: a vehicle marked “Stop the Globalization Policy” rams in front of the Chancellor's meeting to discuss the extension of the lockdown
- A car was seen crashing into the main gate of the law firm in Berlin today
- It was adorned with messages that raved about globalization and "murderers".
- There were no immediate reports of casualties and no evidence of major harm
- Merkel should hold a meeting with regional premieres to discuss Covid-19
A car crashed at the gates of Angela Merkel's office in Berlin today, hours before the German Chancellor was due to speak about extending the coronavirus lockdown.
The Volkswagen station wagon was adorned with messages about "globalization policy" and "you damned murderers of children and old people".
Oddly enough, it appeared to be the same car that had performed an almost identical stunt in 2014 – on that occasion with a slogan about climate change and another that said, “Nicole, I love you”.
Police used sniffer dogs to search the car after it hit the gates, but it was not clear who the driver was or what had happened to them.
There were no reports of casualties and the collision appeared to have caused little damage, but dozens of police officers and a fire truck were on site.
A car crashed into the gates of Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin today
A man in a wheelchair was accompanied by the police and fire brigade after the crash in Berlin
The message painted on this side of the car called for an end to the "policy of globalization".
The news on the other hand was raging about "You damned murderers of children and old people".
The car had license plates from the North Rhine-Westphalia area in Lippe and was driven away by the Berlin fire brigade with little signs of damage. The metal gate to the office seemed slightly bent.
Berlin police spokesman Hartmut Paeth said the police were on site to investigate the incident but had no details of injuries or arrests.
Merkel was supposed to hold a meeting with the 16 German governors today and extend the lockdown measures well into December.
Lockdown measures have sparked protests in Berlin that have attracted a number of conspiracy theorists, right-wing extremists and far-right activists.
While the death rate in Germany is lower than in most parts of Western Europe, infections have proven persistent, although there has been a decline in new cases in other countries.
Health officials announced a record jump of 410 new deaths today, while infections were higher than a week ago.
Europe is on high alert after militants killed eight people in Paris, Nice and Vienna in recent weeks, although the reasons for today's crash were initially unclear.
The Chancellery, a post-modernist building on the other side of the Reichstag building where the German parliament is located, is a long way from any main road.
Merkel, pictured before a cabinet meeting today, is expected to approve an extension of the lockdown measures when she speaks to the heads of state and government of the 16 German federal states
Police used sniffer dogs to search the car after it crashed into the main gate
Police and fire brigade were in front of the office after a car crashed into the main gate on Wednesday morning