Bottles thrown, fireworks set off at protests following fatal stabbing in eastern German city

Riot Police confront right wing protesters on August 27, 2018 in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, following the death of a 35-year-old German national who died in hospital after a "dispute between several people of different nationalities", according to the police. The far-right street movement PEGIDA called for a second day of protests in Chemnitz in ex-communist eastern Germany after a fatal stabbing that authorities blamed on a Syrian and an Iraqi.

Bottles were thrown and fireworks set off in the eastern German city of Chemnitz on Monday, August 27, as several thousand far-right supporters and counter-demonstrators took to the streets following a fatal stabbing that authorities blamed on a Syrian and an Iraqi.

Right wing demonstrators light flares on August 27, 2018 in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, following the death of a 35-year-old German national who died in hospital after a fatal stabbing that authorities blamed on a Syrian and an Iraqi.

Police said on Twitter that fireworks and projectiles were thrown from both camps resulting in several injuries. Far-right demonstrators chanted "We are the people!" and "lying press".

The protests followed a violent demonstration on Sunday, when around 800 demonstrators responded to calls on social media by far-right groups for protests over the killing of a 35-year-old German man.

Some of the protesters had thrown bottles and rocks at police officers. Civilians were also attacked and harassed, including an 18-year-old Afghan man and a 15-year-old German girl, a police spokeswoman said.

Police said the stabbing occurred after a row, but gave no further details. Local prosecutors said on Monday they had arrested two suspects, a 22-year-old Syrian man and a 21-year-old Iraqi man.


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