Glass rattles in the night, witnesses see hooded figures running away. The Saxon state representation in the capital has become the target of vandals.

Unknown persons destroyed several panes of glass at the Saxon State Representation in Berlin on Sunday night. In addition, they sprayed the facade with black paint over a large area, as the Berlin police announced.

Several witnesses alerted the police at around 2.45 a.m. They had therefore observed how four hooded people threw cobblestones at the building on Brüderstrasse in Berlin-Mitte and sprayed them with paint. They then fled on bicycles in the direction of Alexanderplatz.

The police state security at the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) has taken over the investigation. A police spokeswoman said there was no information about the background to the crime. The paint smears contained no lettering.

The head of the state representation, State Secretary Conrad Clemens, reacted with concern. “Anyone who breaks windows consciously accepts that people will be injured,” he said.

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An employee of a security service was in the building, and the caretaker also lives there. Clemens said he found a stone on the first floor of the building. “Everything is full of broken glass here.” The damage is considerable.