ANTI-MIGRANT RIOTS Killing in Chemnitz ‘linked to Iraqi and Syrian migrants’ sees spectre of fascism return to Germany as heartlands of far-right are enflamed by protests
Until this week, few of us had heard of Chemnitz, but now the tired German city is on the map for all the wrong reasons after the killing of a German national
Fear in Chemnitz: 'I’m used to neo-Nazis, but not my neighbour mixing with them in broad daylight'
Tensions are rising in the east German city after violent demonstrations by the far right
Kate Connolly in Chemnitz
Fri 31 Aug 2018 15.39 BST Last modified on Fri 31 Aug 2018 21.35 BST
A far-right protest outside a Chemnitz addressed by the president of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer.
A far-right protest outside a Chemnitz addressed by the president of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images
Packing away her metal trays of breads and biscuits in Chemnitz’s Peukert bakery, famous for its century-old recipes, the shop assistant says she is glad it is closing time. Outside, police and protesters are gathering ahead of the latest far-right rally. “We’ve been here before,” she says, pulling down the window blinds and shrugging, saying that the insurers will pay for any damage. “Thirty years ago we also had to tell the state what’s what.”
“It’s just like way back then,” the woman, who declined to give her name, says of the 1989 protests that brought down the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR). “It feels like no one really listens to us ordinary folk, which is why people are on the streets again.”
Chemnitz, in the east German state of Saxony, has been the stage for far-right protests since the murder last Sunday of a 35-year-old man, for which an Iraqi and a Syrian man are being held in custody. The violent demonstrations made headlines around the world and are quickly earning the city a reputation as a neo-Nazi stronghold in which foreigners are not welcome.
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