HUNDREDS of far-right protesters clashed with cops in a German city when a man was allegedly stabbed to death “by immigrants”.
Several people were injured mid ugly scenes in Chemnitz as angry mob waved placards which read “Stop the refugee flood” and shouted Nazi slogans.
Thousands of far-right protesters clashed with cops in ugly scenes in Chemnitz[/caption]
Tensions were at boiling point in the east German city after a man was reportedly knifed by an Iraqi man, aged 22, and a Syrian man, aged 23, on Sunday.
The protesters lit flares, held up flags supporting neo-Nazi NPD parties and chanted the Nazi-era term ‘Luegenpresse’, meaning ‘lying press’.
Police also had to keep them apart from around a thousand left-wing protesters who yelled “Nazis out”.
Officers in riot gear were forced to bring out water cannons after being pelted with fireworks form both sides.
The mob chanted Nazi slogans and made sick salutes[/caption]
Angela Merkel called for calm saying Germany would not tolerate “vigilante justice”.
“We don’t tolerate such unlawful assemblies and the hounding of people who look different or have different origins, and attempts to spread hatred on the streets,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
The protests were sparked after a 35-year -old man was killed during a verbal confrontation at a street festival that escalated.
The furious scenes come after a German man was allegedly stabbed to death by two migrants[/caption]
Two men were arrested, a 22-year-old Syrian citizen and a 21 year-old Iraqi citizen, and both were held on suspicion of manslaughter.
Cops refused to provide more details about the suspects or the victim.
Hundreds of people also took part in spontaneous protests late Sunday.
Cops were pelted with rocks and bottles, and police said 50 out of 800 protesters were involved in violence.
A Syrian teenager and an Afghan teenager were attacked in separate incidents but were not seriously hurt and a 30-year-old Bulgarian was also threatened.
Police are still evaluating video footage and called for any witnesses to the violence to come forward.
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