The two Muslim attackers, one Syrian and one Iraqi, are in custody, suspected of having stabbed the victim 25 times “with no justifiable reason,” prosecutors said. Two of his friends were also seriously injured and admitted to the hospital. But, as usual, the mainstream media try to spin the story as a German far right anti-immigrant protest.
Sputnik News (h/t Maria J) Two men, a 23-year-old Syrian and a 22-year-old Iraqi, are in custody, with state prosecutors calling for an arrest warrant. The victim, Daniel Hillig, was stabbed some 25 times and died in hospital. He’s said to have been a local resident of German-Cuban origin, who was a trained carpenter.
The authorities initially called the incident a “dispute between several people of different nationalities,” reluctant to release information about the suspects, including their nationality and religion.
Hundreds of people flooded the streets of the Saxon city of Chemnitz on August 26 following the murder of a German man, who was allegedly killed in a fight with Muslim immigrants during a festival.
Several government officials have condemned the ‘right-wing’ German rioters, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said the far-right demonstrators were “hunting down” foreigners. (No, not all foreigners, just MUSLIM foreigners)
Some footage seemed to show some protesters pursuing people who looked as if they might be migrants. However, a police spokesman said on Monday that reports of such incidents were “vague suspicions” that he could not confirm. Other footage seemed to show some protesters pursuing people who looked as if they might be migrants.
The brawl occurred during the city fest. Information has been circulating online that the Germans tried to stand up for a woman who was being harassed. However, the police reported on Twitter, the investigation had found “no indications” yet that the conflict was preceded by harassment and called on people not to spread the speculations.
DW The city attorney’s office has requested to arrest the suspects, who reportedly stabbed the man to death without any justification following a verbal dispute on Sunday night.They were detained on August 26 by the police, who are looking into motives and circumstances of the crime, according to the previously issued statement.
The German government, however, condemned what it called the “hounding” of foreigners. “Such mobs, the hounding of people who look different or have a different background or the attempt to spread hate on the streets are things we do not accept,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
He added that Germany had “no room for street justice, for groups that wanted to spead hate on the streets, for intolerance and extremism,” saying the police would investigate the stabbing with all means available.
Sunday’s anti-immigrant demonstration, which was largely organized via social media and involved some 800 people, forced authorities to declare an end to the city’s traditional street festival four hours earlier than planned.
The protesters marched through the inner city, with police saying the crowd had not reacted when addressed by police and had shown “a lack of willingness to cooperate.” Some participants threw bottles at officers, police said, adding that reinforcements from Dresden and Leipzig had to be brought in to quell the some 75-minute-long protest.
The anti-immigration party AfD also condemned the “excesses of violence” in Chemitz, but at the same time expressed understanding for protesters’ anger.
“I can by all means understand that the circumstances of the crime, with all the speculation, could mislead the odd person into carrying out imprudent acts,” said the vice chairman of the Saxony AfD branch, Siegbert Droese. Droese said that the AfD had ended its demonstration in Chemnitz early so as not to become involved in the larger rally.
Around 1,000 people subsequently took part in protests. Some of them were identified by the local press as far-right supporters, shouting anti-migrant slogans and chanting, “We are the people,” as well as offending foreigners. The counter-demonstrators were also taken to the streets. Extra-forces of police have been deployed.