German police brace for new anti-Merkel protests after racist mob attacks

German police are bracing for more far-right protests today against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policies in the eastern city where a fatal stabbing has sparked outbreaks of racist mob violence.

Saxony state police say they will be backed by reinforcements from five other states and federal police, after being heavily outnumbered by thousands of neo-Nazis, football hooligans and other extremists in unrest on Sunday and Monday.

The flashpoint city of Chemnitz has seen a violent outbreak of long-simmering anger against what protesters label “criminal immigrants” since Sunday’s knife killing.

Police have arrested Iraqi Yousif Ibrahim A., 22, and the Syrian Alaa S., 23, for the stabbing of 35-year-old Daniel H., a carpenter — the crime that set off random street attacks against people whom the mob took to be foreigners.

Riot police cross the street in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, on August 26, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / dpa / Andreas SEIDEL)


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