German police brace up for new anti-migrant rally after days of violence

German Police used to illustrate the story.
German Police used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Politico Europe]

German police on Thursday brace up for fresh anti-immigrant rally in the eastern city of Chemnitz after two similar protests resulted in clashes and attacks against foreigners.

Far-right group Pro Chemnitz wrote on Facebook, where it has 18,00 followers, that it would stage a protest at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) near a football stadium in the city.

An Interior Ministry spokesperson said police in Saxony, the state where Chemnitz is located, have requested back-up from federal police.

State police came under fire for policing a Monday rally that drew 7,000 people with less than 600 officers.

Michael Kretschmer, state premier of Saxony, and Chemnitz mayor Barbara Ludwig were to hold a citizens’ forum to discuss the days of unrest an hour after the latest rally was set to start Thursday.

The stabbing to death of a German man – allegedly at the hands of a Syrian and an Iraqi – at a street festival early Sunday sparked a spontaneous rally the same day.

A much larger rally held on Monday that included clashes and random attacks on foreigners.

The violence was fuelled by false information on social media about the circumstances of the crime, including the claim that the victim had been defending a woman from the asylum seekers.

Police debunked that claim, saying only that it had been a fight between two groups.

An arrest warrant for one of the alleged perpetrators was illegally leaked and circulated online, prompting long-standing allegations to surface of links between Saxony police and right-wing groups.(dpa/NAN)

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.