photo: Christian Elsner/Neue Presse

On September 11, fires destroyed a truck and damaged a refrigeration unit at a meat company in Hannover. Police estimated damages at 100,000 Euros.

The fires were the latest incident in Hannover that police suspect are linked to protests against construction of an animal testing laboratory by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.

According to media reports, on August 14 slingshots were used to punch holes in windows at city hall. "Purchased by Boehringer" was painted at the offices of the Social Democratic Party; slogans against the animal lab were also painted at Green Party offices and elsewhere in the city.

On August 12, 500 police officers, supported by helicopters and water cannon trucks, mobilized to remove several dozen protestors from buildings and trees at the site where Boehringer Ingelheim is planning to build its laboratory. The site had been occupied for several weeks by protestors.

In early August, a building at the nearby veterinary university was painted, and Hannover mayor Stefan Weil’s house was attacked with paint on July 28.