by Jasmine Khin (Researcher, EU Centre)
The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the EU Centre in Singapore.
A printable version of the commentary is available HERE.
In Chemnitz, Germany, right wing protestors and left wing counter protestors collided on 25 Aug and again on 1 Sep, raising alarm for German politicians and international news media alike. The first weekend of violent protests was incited by neo-nazi activity online and amassed 6000 supporters on Sunday (25 Aug). The events unfolded after the fatal stabbing of a German citizen, Daniel Hillig, by two individuals—Iraqi and Syrian refugees who were detained. Amidst the anti-immigrant protestors who chanted “we are the people”, it was alleged that the Hitler salute was also used.