BREAKING NEWS
This content is not available in your region

Car daubed with anti-globalisation message crashes into gate of Angela Merkel's Berlin office

Access to the comments Comments
euronews_icons_loading
A car stand in front of the chancellery after it crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellors Angela Merkel's offices in Berlin.
A car stand in front of the chancellery after it crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellors Angela Merkel's offices in Berlin.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Michael Sohn
Text size Aa Aa

A car with the words “stop the globalization policies” crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices on Wednesday morning, but appeared to have caused little damage, Berlin police said.

The car, a Volkswagen sedan, also had the slogan “You damned murderers of children and old people” written in it.

Officers were on the scene investigating the crash at the German chancellery, a police spokesman said, but there were no immediate details about injuries or arrests,

Rescue crews on the scene confirmed the man driving the car was being treated in an ambulance that remained in front of the chancellery.

It had license plates from the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Lippe and was driven away by the Berlin fire department showing little sign of damage beyond a few scratches. The metal gate to the chancellery appeared slightly bent.

The chancellery sits in downtown Berlin next to the Swiss Embassy and across from the capital's parliamentary offices.

The exterior gate that was hit, which is next to a security office outside the main building, can be accessed from public streets.

There was no immediate indication of what prompted the incident, but it came on the day that Merkel was to meet with state governors to talk about extending a partial coronavirus shutdown that started on November 2.

Michael Kappeler
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday,Michael Kappeler

The government's approach toward slowing the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions enjoy widespread support among most Germans but they have also prompted occasionally violent protests in some major cities.

Merkel's office had no immediate comment on the incident.

WATCH: Euronews' Kate Brady says a similar incident happened there in 2014