Reuters reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned violent protests against refugees that erupted last weekend in eastern Germany, blaming them on far-right extremists who were bent on spreading a “disgusting” message of hatred.
More than 30 police were injured in clashes in the town of Heidenau near Dresden in on Saturday, August 22nd. A mob of several hundred people, many of them drunk, began pelting officers with bottles and fireworks. Some of them shouted “Heil Hitler”.
Germany expects the number of asylum seekers to quadruple to about 800,000 this year, and has witnessed dozens of arson attacks on asylum shelters in recent months, writes Reuters.
VOX reports: “Neo-Nazi protests against a new refugee center in the small German town of Heidenau turned violent over the weekend. At least 31 police officers were injured in riots that broke out on Friday and continued over the weekend. Although the situation was calm on Monday, it is not yet clear whether police have gotten it completely under control.”
The violence in Heidenau, which continued on Saturday and Sunday nights, was unprecedented.
Sigmar Gabriel, vice chancellor and economy minister, traveled to the town of 16,000 on Monday, according to Reuters. He met with the mayor and speaking with local residents.
In other news, investigators are looking for two bike-riding teens who yelled “Heil Hitler” at a Jewish man before running over his foot in Brooklyn last week.