BERLIN – Germany's highest security official on Tuesday after a right-wing protest in the city of Chemnitz, in which at least 18 people were injured, offered to send federal aid to the state of Saxony.
The protest on late Monday, triggered by the killing of a 35-year-old German man in a dispute with migrants on the weekend, there were clashes between neo-Nazis and left counter-demonstrators. Opposition parties criticized the police for not having prevented the violence.
"The police in Saxony are in a difficult situation," said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. "If requested, the federal government will support the police."
He was supported by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who condemned the violence.
"Should Saxony need help to uphold law and order and uphold the law?" The federal government is ready, "she said.
The Saxon police chief Jürgen Georgie confirmed that the authorities had underestimated the size of the protest. Initial estimates predicted around 1
Eventually, around 600 officers fought to prevent 6,000 extreme right-wing extremists from breaking police lines Nazi fusses sang and shouted: "The national resistance is marching here!"
Georgie said that police presence in Chemnitz will be intensified in the next few days, further protests are planned.
Green legislator Konstantin von Notz pushed Seehofer is considering resigning and accusing him in the past year, the anti-immigrant hostility s
The Saxon state has long been a hotbed of anti-migrant sentiment. Some blame the police for leaving sympathizers in their own ranks.
The far-right alternative for Germany received almost a quarter of the vote last year in Chemnitz.
Police Chemnitz claims to have arrested a 22-year-old Syrian and a 21-year-old Iraqi on suspicion of homicide in the stabbing death of the German man after a street party on early Sunday. The prosecution said the murder was preceded by a verbal confrontation that escalated.
The Saxon provincial governor suggested that extremists abuse the husband's death as a political instrument and disseminate false information online. While the influx of migrants to Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in recent years, experts have noted that this is mainly due to demographic factors: young men, who make up a large proportion of migrants, are generally more likely to be affected Commit crimes, be they German or foreign born.
Governor Michael Kremtscher said the authorities would quickly and thoroughly investigate the killing, but would also crack down on those who had committed violence, including attacks on migrants on the side-effects of the protest
"We will show that we have a strong state, "he told reporters in Dresden, pointing out that earlier right-wing attacks in the state had demonstrated the need for grassroots efforts to prevent extremism.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed concern that Germany's reputation could suffer from violent radical right-wing protests.
"We have to keep in mind that these are pictures that will be seen abroad," says Maas old reporter in Berlin. "But I do not believe that what has been seen there even remotely reflects reality in Germany, I am firmly convinced that the majority of people living in this country want an open and tolerant country."  <Previous