Germany says anti-refugee protests "deeply shameful"

The German government condemns anti-refugee protests in Saxony state

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L-R) and government spokesman Steffen Seibert listen to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting with state premiers at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 28, 2016

The German government condemned anti-refugee protests, which took place on Thursday in eastern Germany, saying these types of actions were "deeply shameful".

During the protests, a group of protesters prevented refugees from getting on a bus in order to reach their camp.

"How cold-hearted, how coward one has to be to plant oneself in front of a refugee bus, to swear and to roar in order to scare the people sitting inside, among them several women and children," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

The incident took place in the eastern state of Saxony where about 100 people tried preventing refugees from entering a refugee shelter in Clausnitz.

The protesters insulted the refugees for trying to prevent them from getting on the bus.

In the meantime, a refugee shelter in the city of Bautzen, also in Saxony, was set on fire while many onlookers applauded those who attempted to obstruct the work of firemen in extinguishing the flames.

TRTWorld and agencies