In Germany residents fight with refugees

In Germany residents fight with refugeesResidents have clashed with asylum seekers in a town in eastern Germany that has become a flashpoint for anti-refugee sentiment, BBC reported on Thursday.

Some 80 men and women, many described as far-right, fought with 20 migrants and refugees in Bautzen. The asylum seekers were chased to their hostel and put under police guard.

Anti-migrant tensions have been mounting in Bautzen this year. Bautzen and the nearby town of Niedergurig are home to four asylum shelters.

Bautzen is 60km east of Dresden, where the "anti-Islamisation" Pegida movement began.

Wednesday's outbreak of violence in Bautzen was a dramatic escalation of days of tensions in the town. The clashes appeared to be triggered by an incident the previous evening when a 32-year-old resident was hurt by a bottle being thrown. Residents on Wednesday accused asylum seekers of taking over a square outside the central Kornmarkt shopping centre before fighting broke out.

Since the arrival last year of 1.1 million irregular migrants and refugees in Germany, some areas, particularly eastern states, have seen a rise in anti-migrant violence as well as support for the anti-Germany's federal police force says there have been 700 attacks on asylum accommodation this year, including 57 arson attacks.
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