Stabbing Death Involving Migrants Spurs Far-right Protests in Germany’s Chemnitz
A brawl which ended with a German man being stabbed to death and two others injured by a group of men of migrant background has caused spontaneous far-right protests in Germany’s Chemnitz barely contained by the local police.
The stabbing incident occurred around 3 am on Sunday, after Saturday’s closing of a street festival, and involved 10 people, of whom several were of “various nationalities”, police sources said, as cited by DW.
It started as a verbal dispute that led to the death of the 35-year-old German man, with two other men in their 30s also injured with stabbing wounds. Two men were arrested.
While the German authorities have not made official statements about the stabbing incident in Chemnitz, there have been rumors that a women was repeatedly harassed which led to the verbal dispute.
A spontaneous demonstration of some 800 people gathered in Chemnitz on Sunday afternoon to protest the stabbing incident, clashing with the police, and causing the city’s street festival to end at 4 pm, rather than at 8, as originally scheduled.
As the riot police in Chemnitz struggled to contain the crowd, reinforcements had to be called in from the neighboring cities of Leipzig and Dresden.
Some of the demonstrators chanted far-right slogans like “we are the people” and protested against crimes committed by foreigners.
Some demonstrators were allegedly seen hunting down people of non-German descent and attacking them, according to German daily Bild.
The protest organized on social media is said to have gathered some 100 supporters of the far-right political party AfD (Alternative for Germany), and members of the right-wing “Kaotic Chemnitz” football group.
Chemnitz Mayor Barbara Ludwig told local media that she had been “horrified” after seeing what took place in her city on Sunday.
Chemnitz, a city of 250,000 people, is located in the Saxony province of the former East Germany, and is known, among other things, for the Chemnitz University of Technology.
From 1953 until 1990, Chemnitz was called “Karl-Marx-Stadt”, after philosopher Karl Marx who was revered by the former communist regimes of the Soviet Bloc in Eastern Europe.
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