Germany will not tolerate “vigilante justice”, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Monday, after hundreds of far right protesters staged a violent demonstration in response to a fatal stabbing that authorities blamed on a Syrian and an Iraqi.
Rival protests have once again broken out in Chemnitz, a day after a deadly stabbing provoked an anti-immigrant demo. Chancellor Merkel condemned rioters who she said were “hunting down” foreigners.
DW reports Chemnitz is on high alert as far-right and far-left protesters and counter-protesters once again descended on the eastern German city on Monday, following a spontaneous anti-immigrant demonstration the day before.
By Monday evening, a large contingent of police officers was keeping apart some 1,000 right-wing demonstrators from an equally large nearby group of counter-protesters. However, as the crowds grew increasingly rowdy, protesters from both sides hurled pyrotechnics and other objects at each other, leaving several people injured and requiring hospital treatment.