Another German Town Sees Far Right March after Murder Allegedly Involving Migrants
After the recent far right outbursts in Chemnitz, Köthen, a town of some 30,000 people in the east German state of Saxony-Anhalt, has become the second place in Germany to see a far right protests after the murder of a man allegedly involving migrants.
Chemnitz, a city of about 250,000 people in the state of Saxony, saw far right and neo-Nazi protests break out on August 26, 2018, after a 35-year-old German (later revealed to be of Cuban origin) was stabbed to death in a brawl involving migrants.
Köthen, also in the former East Germany, saw a march of some 2,500 far right protesters on Sunday, after the local police arrested two men from Afghanistan in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old German man.
Police said the demonstrators, who dispersed peacefully, were carrying German flags and chanting slogans like “We are the people”, DW reports.
The police had announced earlier on Sunday that two Afghan men, aged 18 and 20, had been detained on suspicion of killing the German man in a fight in Köthen late on Saturday. It was stressed, however, that the circumstances behind the man’s death remained unclear.
The suspects are being investigated on suspicion of aggravated assault and causing bodily harm resulting in death, prosecutors said.
Holger Stahlknecht, the interior minister of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, where Köthen is located, has called for residents to “keep a cool head”, a call with clear reference to the far right and neo-Nazi outbursts in Chemnitz, in the neighboring state of Saxony.
The far right groups which held a demonstration in Köthen later on Sunday described it as a “march of mourning”.
According to Die Welt newspaper, the young German man’s death could be a result of a dispute between the two Afghans and two Germans, with brain hemorrhage a likely cause of death.
However, after an autopsy was performed later, the German prosecution said the young man had died of heart failure that was “not directly caused by the injuries suffered.”
According to another newspaper, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, the deceased had previously had cardiac problems.
(Banner image: TV grab from DW)