After a young man near Chemnitz city fair was stabbed to death potentially by a person seeking asylum in Germany, far-right groups used the tragic events to rally through the eastern german city. On the days following the crime several demonstrations where held. Hooligans clashed with police, chasing migrants, counter-protestors and journalists through the streets. Neonazis openly displaying their hatred and AfD politicians march together. What was declared as an event to express grief was soon overtaken by hooligans. The second march though the town was blocked by thousands of citizens protesting for a multicultural and open Chemnitz. The events stand symbolically for how far the debate on how refugees should be treated has shifted german society. The pictures follow the protest on the days after the death.
As far-right media reports suggest that images of the events were fake-news I decided not to edit an essay, but a chronological series of two days of protest after the death. August 28th and September 1st.
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Karl-Marx-Monument, Chemnitz, August 28th 2018
Several thousand participate in the rally.
Counter protestors flee from the neonazi march.
Karl-Marx-Monument, Chemnitz, September 1st 2018
Björn Höcke, AFD
Sit-in on the demonstration route.
German constitution placed in front of the sit-in on the route of the demonstration.
Far-right demonstrators shouting at police holding back the group after street blockade.
Journalist running away after attack by protester.
After the demonstration was stopped far-right groups hold vigil at the crime scene.