A small town in the state of Saxony has reported a second night of violence between residents and migrants. The town has repeatedly been the scene of such confrontations in recent months.
According to police reports, 20 refugees and some 80 right-wing extremists got involved in verbal and physical attacks overnight on Wednesday. The two parties reportedly hurled bottles at each other.
About 100 police officers tried to break up the confrontation but also found themselves on the receiving end of the violence.
Police stopped the violence by forming a chain around the two groups. The officers were forced to use pepper spray and clubs after the asylum seekers threw bottles, wooden slats and other objects at them.
When the groups left the area, extremists followed the refugees to their housing complexes. Police were forced to guard the home, instructing the 32 migrant residents not to leave. Three further asylum housing complexes also required police supervision.
An 18-year-old migrant reportedly suffered stab wounds in the clashes. The ambulance taking him to hospital was subsequently attacked by extremists, who threw stones at it. A second ambulance had to be called to take the man to hospital.
Migrants sparked the clashes, say police
Police have reportedly launched an investigation focused on migrants causing bodily harm. At a press conference on Thursday, Bautzen police chief Uwe Kilz said that migrants threw glass bottles and other objects at the officers.