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A carnival float depicts a racist with a gun in his mouth, reading

A car crash and a Karneval

Snapshots from a very vocal carnival, and an unexplained car crash

By Our bureau and agencies
  • Published 25.02.20, 7:06 PM
  • Updated 25.02.20, 8:15 PM
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As carnival goers in the western German town of Volksmarsen were busy celebrating Rosenmontag, the highlight of the German Karneval, a car drove into the crowd injuring 52 people. 

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Masked revelers prepare to take part in the carnival in Rottweil

This marks the second instance of public violence in Germany this week, following last Wednesday's racist attack by a bank cleric Tobias R., who gunned nine people in Hanau.

In Monday's event,  BBC reports that 35 people remain hospitalized, and Frankfurt's general prosecutor's office announced that the victims were aged between two and 85 years old.

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Police and rescue workers stand next to the scene of the accident with a car that is said to have crashed into a carnival parade in Volkmarsen

Police have arrested a 29-year-old German citizen, who is suspected of driving a silver Mercedes into the Rose Monday carnival parade, but is yet to find a motive. 

AP reports that biting commentary on racism in Germany featured prominently among Carnival floats in western cities, hastily put together in the aftermath of a deadly far-right attack last week near Frankfurt.

Snapshots from the Karneval

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A carnival float depicts a racist with a gun in his mouth, reading "from words to action", during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany
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A figure depicting US President Donald Trump as Emperor Nero is part of the traditional carnival parade in Mainz
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A carnival float depicts British Prime Minister Boris Johnson losing his Scottish legs during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf
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An acerbic carnival float depicts Brazilian President Bolsonaro with chainsaw arms during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centres of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by some hundreds of thousands of people, and are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rosemonday.
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A carnival float depicts Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf
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A figure depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen during the traditional carnival parade in Mainz
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Start driver Peter Zuber rides on the Schiltach during the Da-Bach-na ride as part of the carnival in Rottweil, Germany
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A stormtrooper celebrates on the carnival float of Bundesliga club Fortuna Duesseldorf during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf
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A carnival float depicts a burning kangaroo, reading 'Australia is everywhere' during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf
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A carnival float depicts US President Donald Trump holding hands with Iran's President Hassan Rohani during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf
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A carnival float depicts a carnival virus laughing at a corona virus during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf
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A carnival float depicts a Facebook alien running away from justice during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf
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Carnival goers are seen through rain drops on a rain cover during the traditional carnival parade in Mainz
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