(CHEMNITZ, Germany) – In a city in eastern Germany where an Iraqi and a Syrian citizen were arrested while killing a German man, hundreds of police officers worked on Monday evening to stop left and right demonstrators.
About 1000 left demonstrators shouted slogans like "Nazis out" and "There is no right to Nazi propaganda" among a group of right-wing extremist protesters. They answered, "We are louder, we are more" and "lying press".
Officers in protective gear pushed people back when they tried to reach the other side. The demonstrators from the right hurled bottles and firecrackers into the enemy camp before embarking on a march through Chemnitz. The police said the left protesters reacted in the same way.
The city police reported on Twitter that several people were being treated for injuries, but gave no details.
Both groups left the streets of Chemnitz after 35 years. The old German man was injured in a clash after a street party and died early Sunday
Prosecutor Christine Mücke told reporters Monday that the murder was due to a verbal confrontation that escalated. Two men were taken into custody ̵
She refused to give details of the suspects or the perpetrators
Hundreds of people also took part late in the evening in Chemnitz, a city where almost a quarter of voters last year chose the right-wing alternative for Germany supported. Videos published on social media seemed to show right-wing extremist demonstrators threatening and persecuting passers-by.
The German Central Council of Jews condemned the violence and called it a "civic duty to oppose the right-wing mob"
It must never be assumed in Germany again that people are attacked for their statements or their background " said Council Chairman Josef Schuster in an opinion.
Of the estimated 800 people who participated in the first round of protests, about 50 They were involved in violence and attacked police officers with bottles and stones, said Chemnitz police chief Sonja Penzel.
A Syrian teenager and Afghan teenager were attacked in separate incidents but were not seriously injured and also threatened a 30-year-old Bulgarian, she said.
Penzel said the police are still investigating video footage and calling all witnesses to the violence
Before the protests of Monday night, the authorities did not swear Leave the Situ get out of control. The city police had water cannons on hand.
"We will not leave the streets to the perpetrators and those who spread chaos," said Saxon Interior Minister Roland Woeller.
Earlier in the day Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert (19659002) "What was seen yesterday in parts of Chemnitz and what was recorded on video, has no place in our country," said Seibert told reporters in Berlin.
"People who pull themselves together and follow people who look different from them or from anywhere else … we will not tolerate," he said. "This has no place in our cities, and I can say for the German Government that we condemn this in the strongest terms."
Seibert also criticized a far-right legislator, who suggested that German authorities could not protect the citizens.
"In Germany there is no place for vigilantism, for groups who want to spread hatred on the street, for intolerance and racism," said Seibert.