Violent riots in Germany

This item appears on page 19 of the October 2018 issue.

In the city of Chemnitz in eastern Germany, people protesting immigration clashed with counterprotesters on Aug. 27, leading to injuries and arrests on both sides. It is estimated that more than 800 people were involved in the anti-immigrant protest; the number of counterprotesters was unknown at press time.

Protests began after a a man was stabbed to death on Aug. 26 during a street fair. Two other men were injured in the attack. Two men, an Iraqi and a Syrian, were arrested under suspicion of being the perpetrators.

Both protesters and counterprotesters were seen throwing objects at each other during the event. Witnesses also reported that protesters were accosting people who "did not look German," but police have not confirmed that this was the case.

Anti-immigrant protests were continuing at press time and were largely peaceful.