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Violent protests in Germany as vigilantes hunt down foreigners after death of man killed by migrants

Far-right demonstrators have called for more people to take to the streets after a man was killed in the German city of Chemnitz.

Extra police have been sent to the city after hundreds of far-right activists protested amid tensions over the killing of a German man for which an Iraqi and a Syrian have been arrested on charges of manslaughter.

Scuffles and pockets of violence broke out as protesters said they wanted to “show who is in charge of the city”.

Prosecutors said two men, a 23-year-old Syrian and a 22 year-old Iraqi, were taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter after a clash on 26 August in which one man in his 30s died.

Authorities said they were still investigating a possible motive for the killing.

Both far-right and left-wing groups planned to protest Monday night, public broadcaster MDR reported.

The killing had already sparked spontaneous protests by hundreds of people in the late afternoon of 26 August in Chemnitz, a city where almost a quarter voted for the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party last year.

Earlier in the day, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, strongly condemned Sunday’s violence…..

‘There is no place in Germany for vigilantism, for groups that want to spread hatred on the streets, for intolerance and racism,’ Mr Seibert said.

 

 

 

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