German authorities condemn footage of mob harassing refugees

Recent video clip of abusive mob in Germany blocking bus carrying refugees and harassing those inside sparks outrage

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Hate crimes against refugees in Germany have increased dramatically since 2015.

German authorities on Friday condemned "shameful" footage of anti-immigration protesters attacking a bus carrying refugees which arrived at the eastern German state of Saxony.

The footage, which went viral on social media, showed a crowed of people yelling "We are the people" and "Go home" at distressed refugees on board the bus. The bus, which was carrying women and children, had a flashing sign reading "Reisegenuss" meaning "travel in comfort" across its front.

The "We are the people" slogan was often used by demonstrators in 1989 protesting against the communist authorities of the German Democratic Republic. Recently, far-right anti-immigration groups have been using the slogan during protests.

Saxony’s Interior Minister Markus Ulbig, a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party, said that he finds "it deeply shameful to see how people are being treated here," the British newspaper The Guardian reported.

Police reportedly prevented the incident from turning physically violent and are investigating the details.  

Another video published on social media shows a German police officer using force to drag a refugee child out of the bus.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle newspaper reported that local police did not want to comment on the incident.