BERLIN protesters blew Hitler salutes and shouted "Foreigners out" collided on Monday evening with counter demonstrators who in a second night of violence in eastern Chemnitz called "refugees welcome", which left several injured and a country dismayed by pictures of riots
Police in Saxony said on Tuesday that several people were being treated on Monday night for the injuries they suffered in the clashes. Ten people are being investigated for the Hitler salute.
On Sunday, there were first outbreaks of violence after nationalists and right-wing football fans called supporters, even on social media, to "take to the streets" "their country of immigrants after the killing of a 35-year-old German man."
A 21-year-old Iraqi and a 22-year-old Syrian were arrested on Monday on suspicion of stabbing the victim in a dispute Englisch: www.germnews.com/archive/eng/news_2006.html He and two other men, both of whom were injured, said Chemnitz prosecutor Christine Mücke on Monday. The case was later taken over by a special investigator for dealing with extremism in Saxony.
Chemnitz celebrated its 875th anniversary this weekend, but a street party had to be closed on Sunday. Police officers who wanted to ensure safety at the festival were overwhelmed when hundreds of people joined in the protests and counter-protests and the police tried to summon reinforcements.
On Sunday, only 50 to 80 officers were on duty, said Jana Ulbrich, a spokeswoman for the police in Chemnitz. "After the call for a gathering on Facebook, we tried to get more power," she said.
Videos of Sunday night showed a white man who was dressed in black and a dark-skinned young man chased down the street as someone in the background "You are not welcome here!" cried.
After a tense break in the violence on Monday, the confrontations increased again towards the end of the day. Videos from Monday evening showed several thousand demonstrators waving German flags and shouting, "We are the people" and "Chemnitz is ours – foreigners", and neo-Nazis gathered in the city and raised their right arms in the Hitler salute. [19659009AufdergegenüberliegendenSeiteeinesbreitenBoulevardsvondeneinwanderungsfeindlichenTruppenriefeinekleinereGruppe"NaziRaus"InderMittederDurchgangsstraßeschiendiePolizeiinderUnterzahlundüberwältigtzuseinundkämpftedarumdiebeidenGruppenauseinanderzuhaltenImLaufederNachtflogenFlaschenundFeuerwerkskörperundDemonstrantendurchbrachenPolizeisperren
"The right to use force lies solely with the state," said Hans Strobl, Attorney General of the State of Saxony, on Monday. "We will act consistently against all those who do not accept this."
Saxony has long struggled with right-wing extremist and nativist extremism. As part of the former GDR, it borders the Czech Republic to the south and Poland to the east.
In 1991, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group of 500 neo-Nazis in attacked buildings housing refugees] Hoyerswerda, northeast of Chemnitz. Since then there have been extreme right-wing attacks against minorities in Leipzig and in Freital, also in Saxony. The state capital Dresden is the birthplace of the anti-Muslim nationalist movement Pegida, a German acronym for a title that roughly means patriotic Europeans opposed to the Islamization of the West.
The state is also home to a strong faction of alternative for Germany, AfD. Recent surveys show that the party, as the second strongest force in the country, is firmly on the side of the Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
"It is important for the German government, for all democratic politicians and, I think, for the great majority of people, to make it clear that we will not accept such insurgent gatherings, chase people who look or act differently or to spread hatred on the streets, "said Steffen Seibert, Ms. Merkel's spokesman to reporters on Monday
" There is no room for that in our cities, and the German government is strongly condemning this, "he said ,