A car collides with the gates of Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin

A car collides with the gates of Angela Merkel's office in Berlin

A man in a wheelchair was photographed being led from the scene (Photo: Reuters / Getty Images)

A car with slogans on both sides of it collided with the gate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin this morning.

The phrase “Damned Children and Old Fighter” was painted white on one side of the gray car, while the phrase “Stop Globalization Policy” was written on the other side.

A man in a wheelchair was filmed being led from the scene by police officers and firefighters.

Police in Berlin said on Twitter that they had detained the driver and were investigating whether the gate had been deliberately bombed.

Merkel was scheduled to host a video conference of German prime ministers on Wednesday morning, where the extension of the lockdown and other steps to combat the coronavirus pandemic were to be discussed.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Dozens of police and a fire engine were on site.

Reports in German newspapers stated that the car was registered in the Lippi region in North Rhine-Westphalia. He was turned away by the Berlin Fire Department and showed few signs of damage. The chancellery’s metal gate was slightly curved.

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A car parked on a sidewalk, after a man collided with this car at the Chancellery’s main entrance gate in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020. Reuters / Fabrizio Pinch

The car has the phrase “Stop the politics of globalization” written on the side (Photo: Reuters)

Media films and photos of the car that hit the main gate of the chancellery in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020. Reuters / Fabrizio Pinch

And on the other side, a slogan read: (O curse children, killers of old) (Photo: Reuters).

Firefighters bring in a man who collided with his car at the Chancellery's main gate in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020. Reuters / Fabrizio Pinch

A man in a wheelchair being led from the scene by police and firefighters (Photo: Reuters)

Firefighters bring in a man who collided with his car at the Chancellery's main gate in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020. Reuters / Fabrizio Pinch

There were no immediate reports of casualties (Photo: Reuters).

Firefighters work near a car that hit the main entrance gate of the Chancellery in Berlin, the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020. Reuters / Fabrizio Pinch

Firefighters work near a car that hit the main entrance gate of the Chancellery in Berlin (Photo: Reuters)

Firefighters remove a car that hit the main entrance gate of the Chancellery in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020. Reuters / Fabrizio Pinch

Firefighters removed the car from the gate (Photo: Reuters)

Police secure the area after a man collided with his car at the main entrance gate of the Chancellery in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2020. Reuters / Fabrizio Pinch

Dozens of policemen rushed to the scene (Photo: Reuters)

The chancellery office, a white, postmodern building located across a square from the Reichstag building that houses the German Parliament, is quite far from any major roads.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of the accident. The government’s approach to slowing down the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions has widespread support among most Germans, but it has also led to occasional violent protests in some major cities.

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