German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said citizens must do more to tackle racism and the far right in the wake of a week of often violent protests in Chemnitz.
Mass told Bild am Sonntag that people must “get up off the sofa and speak up.”
“We must stand up to the right-wing extremists. We can’t duck away. We must show our faces against neo-Nazis and anti-Semites,” he said. “Only then will Germany’s reputation not be permanently marred by xenophobic crimes.”
He continued, “If the Hitler salute is shown on our streets today once again, it will be a disgrace to our country.”