UPDATED AT BOTTOM OF POST - Leipzig, Germany: Hundreds of far-right protesters rampage through German town, destroying ethnic restaurants and takeaways – hours after Merkel admits European migrant crisis is ‘out of control’
Hundreds of anti-refugee rioters have gone on the rampage in the German city of Leipzig after a demonstration where they called for asylum seekers to be deported and their nation’s borders closed.
The attacks come just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that Europe had lost control of the crisis. The right-wingers broke away from a largely peaceful march in the eastern city to trash the suburb of Connewitz.
Doner kebab fast food stalls were destroyed, cars set ablaze and shop windows smashed by around 250 hooligans of LEGIDA – the local branch of PEGIDA, the anti-migrant, anti-EU organization which marched against the refugees earlier in the evening.The Daily Mail calls this:
"Terrifying echoes of Kristallnacht".
How many dozens of times have I written, here on IBA, something like, if the governments of the Western world do not represent the will of the people, and solve this problem, eventually the people are going to take things into their own hands, and it won't be pretty?
This is only the beginning.
"...some of the destruction was done by other people not Pegida, that the destruction was intentional and that it was done in hope that the government will ban future Pegida marches"
Where are the videos illustrating the reported "masked hooligans" in action ?
At least in this report HNGN: 211 Right-Wing Extremists Arrested in Leipzig they separate the hooligans from PEGIDA who calmly walk the streets and perhaps 'hum' PEGIDA's wordless hymn
Quote: "German police said they arrested 211 far-right, xenophobic extremists who broke into riots in Leipzig, smashing windows and setting cars alight. The police described the group as "football hooligans," according to Agence France-Presse. They stormed a left-leaning quarter of the city while another conservative group,the anti-Islamic PEGIDA, protested peacefully in another part of the city."
Perhaps the majority of those arrested were known to the police because of prior events like:
AP: 69 police officers injured in clashes in Eastern Germany Dec. 13, 2015 in Leipzig
BERLIN (AP) — Leipzig police say 69 officers have been injured in clashes with rioting leftwing protesters and that they had to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse the group.
Some 50 police cars were also damaged in the riots Saturday evening, which started after hundreds of leftwing activists demonstrated against a rally by far-right protesters in the eastern German city of Leipzig earlier in the day.
Police said Sunday they temporarily detained 23 people after the leftist rioters threw stones at police, erected street blocks and burned down garbage cans. The protesters also demolished store front windows and two bus stops.
It was not immediately clear how many protesters were injured in the clashes.