At least 20 people, including two police officers, have been injured in the ongoing mass protests in the Germany city of Chemnitz.
About 600 security forces were deployed to the streets to supress the estimated 6,000-strong rally separate condeming ethnic-driven crimes carried out by migrants in Germany. At the same time, about 1,500 left demonstrators also gathered to oppose the protest slamming demonstrators as “Nazis”.
The protests have been ongoing in Chemnitz since Sunday when a stabbing incident as a restult of which at least one person was killed and two others were wounded. Police described the incident as a brawl that involved around 10 people from “various nationalities.” However, the version provided by locals and local media is quite different.
According to available information:
- A 35-year-old carpenter identified as Daniel Hillig and two his friends were attacked by a group of Arabs.
- Hillig was stabbed about 25 times and died in hospital. His friends were also seriously injured and admitted to hospital.
- According to prosecutors, the attack was carried out “with no justifiable reason”. However, some locals point out that the attack was carried out on ethnic grounds. Other local sources also said that the Germans tried to stand up for a woman who was being harassed. However, Polie claimed on Twitter, the investigation had found “no indications” yet that the conflict was preceded by harassment.
- The District court of Chemnitz has issued an arrest warrant for a 23-year-old Syrian and a 22-year-old Iraqi who are suspected of the killing.
While the MSM claims that the situation started escalating when police revealed identities of the suspects, in reality, it has been tense for a long time. The main cause of the crisis is that German police mostly ignores the ethnic component in multiple crimes like attacks from molester motives, robberies, robberies with violence and sexual attacks. The controversy and displeasure caused by this situation can be easily observed in the social media.
The August 26 stabbing itself was not something extraordinary but it caused a new wave of tensions after police had attempted to hide the ethnicity of the attackers and their motives.
It’s strange to observe how the MSM and some political figures are attempting to describe the Chemnitz protesters as solely far-right activists and slam their actions as an example of radical nationalism. No doubts, the riots attracted some far-right supporters but they are first of all caused by the complicated situation in the region.