Germany has used water cannons for controlling protests (example).

Has it been used for controlling any other kind of crowds, such as football hooligans or out-of-control crowds at a celebration?

A brief scan of https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasserwerfer#Deutschland and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_cannon#Germany didn't come up with anything (apart from watering parks during summertime!).

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Yes, water cannons have also been used for other purposes. What comes to mind is frequent usage during/after football games (e.g. HSV vs St Pauli).

Unfortunately, data of water cannon use is stored locally in the responsible agencies of the German Federal Police (source, question 2, approximate translation from German):

The written documentation on operations of water cannons in the area of ​​responsibility of the Federal Police remains in the respective department of the Federal Police. Unless the documentation is relevant under a criminal law (..)

  • Regarding that source: it's for the federal police only, who are usually not the primary force (as policing is a state issue in Germany). For 2015, there were 15 water cannons ("Wasserwerfer", literally "water thrower") in use at the federal level and 46 at the state level. I couldn't find anything regarding the reason for water cannons at the federal level - handling protests isn't in their area, but it might just not be explicitly stated and only regard certain areas.
    – janh
    Commented Sep 23, 2018 at 8:41

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