Bundesfinanzminister Olaf Scholz, SPD, und Lars Klingbeil, Generalsekretaer der SPD, aufgenommen im Rahmen der Fraktionssitzung der SPD in Berlin. 11.02.2020. Berlin Deutschland *** Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, SPD, and Lars Klingbeil, Secretary General of the SPD, recorded during the SPD parliamentary group meeting in Berlin 11 02 2020 Berlin Germany PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xFelixxZahn/photothek.netx

At a party of the SPD parliamentary group, several women fell victim to an attack with so-called knockout drops. This comes from an internal SPD chat that is available to the “Tagesspiegel”. “There are now 8 people affected, one case confirmed by a test and one display against unknown persons,” it says.

The incidents happened last Wednesday at the parliamentary party’s courtyard party in the Tipi tent at the Chancellery, which was attended by MPs, employees from the German Bundestag and the constituencies. According to the parliamentary group, there were around 1,000 participants in total. It is usually a celebration with well over 2,000 guests, including guests from companies, other parties and journalists. This year, however, it was celebrated in a smaller, SPD-internal framework due to the corona pandemic.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz also took part. The Tagesspiegel also has a letter from the SPD parliamentary group leader Mathias Martin to the SPD members of the Bundestag, which says: “At our summer party there were obviously attacks on colleagues with knockout drops. This is an outrageous event, which we immediately reported to the Bundestag police.” The SPD parliamentary group recommends that other people affected “report this to the police immediately”.