Anti-Immigration protests in Germany turn violent

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Anti-immigration protests in the German city of Saxony turned violent amid clashes between different groups of protesters and police.

The protests were sparked by the killing of a German national, for which two immigrants are allegedly responsible.

A Syrian and an Iraqi in their early 20s allegedly stabbed to death Daniel Hillig, a 35-year-old German carpenter, in the city of Chemnitz in Saxony in the morning of August 26.

Two more people were wounded; one of them was identified by the Russian embassy as Dmitry M. His condition was described as “satisfactory.”

Police reported that the fatal incident had taken place following a verbal confrontation on the sidelines of a public festival. It is yet unclear what triggered the fight; the two men have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.                                               

Later on Sunday, some 800 people gathered an impromptu memorial for the victim near the Karl Marx monument in the city center, chanting “We are the people,” a slogan largely associated with right-leaning supporters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the protests calling it “hate on the streets” and insisted that local security forces were doing their best to prevent violence.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the federal government would provide assistance to the local authorities as some right-wing groups called for a third evening of demonstrations.

In 2015, Germany took in over one million refugees amid the European migration crisis as part of what Chancellor Angela Merkel called an “open-door policy.”

This move was however opposed by right wing groups and different crimes have been attributed to the immigration policy by protesters.

This year, the German interior ministry established “transfer centers” and “anchor centers” to hold and process migrants who had entered the country illegally to avoid a repeat of the migration crisis.