Chemnitz, German’s eastern city, was grappled by a feverish atmosphere on August 27 night as hoards of people reached the lanes to demand foreign persons leave Germany. Simultaneously, a related number of protesters gathered in a small playground opposite reactionary protesters to ask “the Nazis” to quit the city.

The evening started peacefully enough, as a heavy police force attendance held the two sides spaced out and the groups bounded themselves to flouting at each other beneath the look of Chemnitz’s massive Karl Marx memorial. However by around 9 p.m., when the protests started to move, 6 people got injured by explosives and rocks thrown by associates of both camps who were putting on the usual black hooded tops, gloves, face coverings and dark glasses.

The objections finally settled and “everything was calm during the night time,” the police officials stated.

German-Cuban man killed

On August 27, the stress was blatant along the broad Brückenstrasse boulevard, which separates the city center, where the opponent protests had been called.

Local stores, several run by Turkish and Arab people, had been ordered to shut early as the two protests, one started by the local division of the socialist Left party, the other one by the reactionary Pro Chemnitz group, gradually gathered.

The opposing chants were recognizable enough from the past three years of German protests — “Merkel must go!” or “Close the borders!” or “Nazis out!” or “Refugees are welcome here!”

The 35-year-old Daniel H. lost his life in hospital on Sunday after having been knifed several times during a clash late on Saturday night. Two other males, belonging to immigrant backdrops, were also hurt in the attack. Two younger people, a 22-year-old Iraqi and a 23-year-old Syrian, remain in prison over the killing.

Nancy Larssen, Daniel H. “best friend” told, “I think it’s horrible what’s happening here in Chemnitz, and I hope that they know who they’re doing this march for.”

Hannah Weber

Hannah Weber  is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at FernUniversität Hagen, Hannah found a passion for finding engaging stories.  As a contributor to Deutch News, Hannah mostly covers human interest pieces.

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