It all worn out this week under the miserable watch of the gigantic Karl Marx chief in Chemnitz.

Saxony’s third biggest town was, in East German times, named after the logician and political philosopher until backsliding to its momentous name during 1990.

During last Sunday at 3.15am near the 7m figurine, Daniel Hillig, a local 35-year-old woodworker with a German mom and Cuban dad, got stabbed and deceased a short time afterward of his wounds in hospital.

Two friends also got injured in the fight and, as news extend, locals started laying flowers on the scarlet-splattered paving stones where the deadly attack happened.

In a period of 24 hours, after the detention of Syrian and Iraqi asylum-quester suspects, the crime picture had turned out to be the most recent fault line in Germany’s unsettled refugee argument.

Around 5,000 neo-Nazis, aggressive football thugs and annoyed locals, became part of a “march of mourning” for the deceased.

Many of the crowd – mostly males aged between 20-50 – head signs reading “Stop the asylum flood”; others with free hands gave the forbidden Hitler salute and chanted: “Germany for Germans, foreigners out.”

Standing opposite, about 1,500 black-clad young individuals held up signs reading, among other things, “Pogroms are so 1930s”, a gallows-humour reference to attacks on dark-skinned people in Chemnitz, hours after the Sunday stabbing.

“Locals feel they are being treated unfairly,” Saxony’s state premier, Michael Kretschmer stated afterwards in accordance with the billions switched from welfare funds to spend on housing and survival costs for around 1.3 million individuals who have reached Germany since the year 2015.

Party co-leader Alexander Gauland insisted on Friday it was “legitimate to go ballistic” after a crime like last Sunday’s stabbing. “What is of course not legitimate,” he added hastily, “is that people hunt others or give Hitler salute.”

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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