July 17, 2020 | News | No Comments
There were renewed far-Right protests in Germany on Thursday night as violent attacks against migrants spread across the east of the country.
Around 800 protestors gathered in Chemnitz, the scene of neo-Nazi riots earlier in the week following the suspected killing of a man by two immigrants.
Protestors faced off against police outside a political meeting where regional officials sought to calm residents but the situation appeared peaceful as night fell.
Hundreds of miles to the north, a Syrian man was seriously injured after he was attacked and beaten with an iron chain by three Germans in a sign the violence is spreading.
In Chemnitz, regional officials were booked and jeered as they tried to reassure locals at a restive town hall meeting.
Michael Kretschmer, the regional prime minister of Saxony state, struggled to make himself heard above catcalls as he called on people to remain calm and respect the law.
“I had tears in my eyes when I heard today that a Chinese woman who has lived here for 13 years had water thrown over her, and felt it was a message for her to leave,” he said.
Outside the protestors chanted “We are the people” and held aloft banners saying Chemnitz must not become an “African colony”.
Violent protests over the killing of Daniel Hillig, a German-Cuban man, in Chemnitz at the weekend have shaken Germany.
An Iraqi and a Syrian have been arrested on suspicion of the stabbing on Sunday night.
A prison officer admitted yesterday he was responsible for leaking an arrest warrant for one of the men to far-Right groups who shared it on social media.
Authorities said the officer had been suspended pending a full inquiry.