NO PLACE IN GERMANY: Merkel condemns Saxony riots amid EU migrant row

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel has condemned the riot in Chemnitz, Germany between left wing and nationalist supporters amid a row over a fatal stabbing.

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

An Iraqi and a Syrian were arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German man that triggered violent clashes in the city yesterday.

Police brought in water cannons as fireworks were thrown from opposing sides, causing widespread injuries.

The state and local officials appealed for calm as thousands took to the streets to demonstrate the stabbing of an unnamed German man on the weekend. Local prosecutors confirmed they had arrested two suspects, a 22-year-old Syrian man and a 21-year-old Iraqi man.

But today, the German Chancellor hit out over the violent demonstrations, saying that Germany “would not tolerate vigilante justice”, in a statement released by her spokesman

Mrs Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert: “We don’t tolerate such unlawful assemblies and the hounding of people who look different or have different origins, and attempts to spread hatred on the streets.

“That has no place in our cities and we, as the German government, condemn it in the strongest terms.

“Our basic message for Chemnitz and beyond is that there is no place in Germany for vigilante justice, for groups that want to spread hatred on the streets, for intolerance and for extremism.”

Television news channels broadcast amateur footage of a man being chased through the streets at Sunday’s protest.

Police said they were investigating reports of injury filed by Syrian, Afghan and Bulgarian people. At least four demonstrators have been charged.

On Monday evening, around 1,000 protestors gathered near the city’s Karl Marx statue to protest the Sunday attacks.

Tim Detzner, the head of the radical Left party in Chemnitz, told the rally: “The scenes of people going after those who look like foreigners scare us.

“We want to show that Chemnitz has another side that is cosmopolitan and opposes xenophobia.”

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