CHEMNITZ, Germany – Police in East Germany have stopped an anti-migration protest march that encouraged right-wing activists who wanted to launch a nationwide movement on Saturday that would challenge the political establishment.
A trio of nationalist groups organized separate daily rallies in the city of Chemnitz on the killing of a German citizen on 26 August, allegedly by migrants from Syria and Iraq. The two largest groups also organized a joint nocturnal march, thinking that a broader force could emerge from the demonstration of unity and prevail.
If the number of people present was any bar, the intended right-wing extremist movement was in the earliest of embryonic stages. It attracted about 4,500 participants, reported the Saxon state police, before leading security concerns as a reason for the premature termination of the event.
The demonstrators screamed and whistled when the officers broke off the protest.
The march was blocked several times on So blocked opponent the route and the police officers locked them and the demonstrators on the street. The counter-fighters numbered about 4,000, said the state police.
On Monday, the opposing camps met in Chemnitz, one day after the fatal stabbing of the 35-year-old German citizen and the arrest of migrants for manslaughter. Scenes of vigilantes chasing strangers in the streets of the city have since shocked people in other parts of Germany.
The police were temporarily unable to control the earlier protests and clashes.
Leader of the two groups who joined forces Saturday night took a different picture for the "funeral march," wore dark suits and wore white roses.
The mood at the event, which brought together previously isolated groups of nationalists ̵
The tension in the air reflected the polarization over Germany's efforts to come to terms with an influx of more than 1 million refugees and migrants jobs since 2015.
The law makes the decision of Chancellor Angela Merkel responsible, hundreds of thousands of Asylum seekers from war zones such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to allow several problems. Some far-right supporters argued before the murder in Chemnitz that migrants are responsible for increasing serious crimes, especially attacks on women.
In the Saxon state, the traditional strongholds of groupings, the anti-mantle sentiment was particularly strong, inspiring a nationwide Saturday night movement: the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, and the far-right alternative for Germany's party, which seats in Federal and state parliaments have won with an anti-Muslim platform.
While the proportion of foreigners living in Saxony is below the German average and in the shameful country emergency goals are displayed, right-wing extremist sympathizers mobilized extraordinarily fast on the night of the murder and the days after that.
Federal Minister of Justice Katarina Barley said on Saturday that the authorities should investigate the role of radical right networks eek protests
"We do not tolerate right-wing extremists infiltrating our society," Barley told the weekly Bild am Sonntag. "It's about finding out who's behind the mobilization of right-wing extremist criminals."
The local police seemed to have been caught unprepared when the assassination triggered protests that attracted masses who were openly involved in Nazi worship. The protests were triggered by a fatal murder on the early Sunday morning of a 35-year-old German man, Daniel Hillig. Two asylum seekers, a 22-year-old Iraqi and a 23-year-old Syrian, have been arrested for manslaughter.
The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, known for his anti-migrant attitude, said on Saturday that he had. Www.germnews.de/archive/gn/1995/02/15.html The Funke Media Group reported: " We need a strong state and we must do everything politically to overcome the crisis polarization and division of our society, "emphasized Seehofer.
While protests against immigrants took place in Germany, especially in the early 1990s, there was usually a strong and vociferous opposition in order to create opposing forces. Artists organized concerts to raise awareness, and ordinary citizens lined up in miles of human chains to protest against violence against newcomers.
Chemnitz, a city known for its hardened neo-Nazi scene, initially drew a comparatively weak response to modern-day anti-migrant activity. Around 70 left-wing and pro-migrant groups organized the "Heart not Hatred" rally, which got in the way of the far-right Saturday-Saturday.
"I have a lot of experience with far-right protests in Chemnitz" Tim Detzner, a member of the Left Party in Chemnitz, said that the street riots this week "reached a level of aggression, brutality and readiness to use violence that we had before did not know ".
Grieshaber reported from Berlin. Frank Jordan has contributed from Berlin.
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