Germany has opened an investigation to find out who has passed the warrant for an Iraqi murder suspect to far-right groups in the Saxon town of Chemnitz.
A fatal blow to a 35-year-old German-Cuban man on Sunday. Days of violent and xenophobic protests
Unauthorized disclosure has increased concern about possible links between police and anti-migrant groups.
In the meantime, local authorities have called for support from the Federal Police, which is calling for new protests on Thursday.
The police have also opened ten cases against right-wing demonstrators who gave away the illegal Hitler salute on the first day of the riots
A public servant called the warrant a leak as a scandal, most likely from a police or legal source.
"We have a bigger problem there," said Martin Dulig, the Deputy Prime Minister of Saxony to the German media
The disclosure ̵
Critics believe the arrest warrant, with details of the number of stab wounds that may have led to further incitement to immigrants.
What happened on Sunday?
In the early hours of the morning, on the fringes of a street festival, a fight broke out between "different nationalities," police said.
The stabbed victim, a 35-year-old carpenter named Daniel H., was seriously injured and died in the hospital.
It's unclear what triggered the brawl, but the police dismissed fake messages that allegedly defended the victim of a woman from sexual harassment.
Two other German men aged 33 and 38 were seriously injured, (19659007) A 22-year-old Iraqi man and a 23-year-old Syrian was arrested on Monday and charged with manslaughter.
A half-Cuban woman who grew up with Daniel H., Nancy Larssen, told Deutsche Welle News that media misreporting has fueled the "terrible" far-right protest.
Another friend of Daniel H., quoted by the Chemnitz news website Freie Presse, described him as a leftist, with a seven-year-old son
How did the protests spread?
Ants, fortified by the leaked arrest warrant, appealed to hundreds and then thousands of right-wing extremists and sympathizers to take to the streets.
On Monday, around 6,000 people participated in a right-wing extremist demonstration, while 1,000 people engaged in a rival anti-fascist rally,
Several people were injured when firecrackers and objects were flung on both sides.
Freelance journalist Johannes Grunert told Spiegel Online that he had observed some demonstrators with bottles to attack people who "did not look German" because they had not contained the situation – with a police spokesman admitted She had not used enough officers at first.
The Saxon Interior Minister Roland Wöller said that right-wing extremists not only traveled quickly from other parts of eastern Germany to Chemnitz but also the capital city of Berlin and the western regions of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.
Chemnitz is located in a region where the far-right anti-immigration party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and the Pegida movement are particularly strong.
Both groups, along with another local right-wing group called Pro Chemnitz, reportedly demanded more protests on Thursday and Saturday.
What does the government say?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly condemned the far-right protests, in which several foreigners were persecuted and injured by violent participants. "Hatred on the street," she said, "has nothing to do with our rule of law."
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"The fact that we have a Syrian and an Iraqi suspect is no reason, no reason, for all foreign residents," he said.
The protests have revealed deep trenches in German society over the influx of more than one million migrants, especially Muslims fleeing Middle East conflicts, following the decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015.
However, the number of people seeking asylum has fallen sharply and there are success stories of integration – every fourth newcomer has a job.
Nonetheless, right-wing groups such as the AfD, which first came to parliament with 12.6% of votes in 2017, and 94 seats – regret the liberal immigration policy of Mrs Merkel.