Merkel decries xenophobic violence in Chemnitz

Aug 28, 2018, 5:36 AM EDT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said no place of "vigilante justice" in the country.
(Source: Jonas Schoenfelder/flickr)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned violent protests and “vigilante justice” by far-right groups and activists as clashes, triggered by the murder of a German man in the city of Chemnitz, left many injured on rival sides.

The news of the involvement of a Syrian and an Iraqi in the fatal stabbing on Sunday sparked riotous assemblies, with reports mentioning of some protesters hounding the foreigners on streets, writes the BBC.

The chants of “We are the people” by the far-right groups were met by “Nazis, get out” slogans by more than 1,000 anti-fascist counter-protesters on Monday, reports The Guardian. A tweet from a politician from the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD), overtly inciting in nature, earlier suggested that people would get on the streets if the state fails to protect the citizens. 

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