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Handelsblatt - Germany | Monday, August 24, 2015

More police to prevent violence against refugees

In the Saxonian town of Heidenau at the weekend, right-wing radicals went on the rampage in front of an emergency refugee shelter. Dozens of people were injured during confrontations between police and left-wing counter-demonstrators. The potential for violence against asylum seekers will continue to grow, fears the liberal business paper Handelsblatt: "In the face of the increasing influx of refugees, the potential for riots such as those in Heidenau in Saxony will increase in proportion with the number of new arrivals. For this reason, we need more police. There have been situations in which only 170 police officers have had to deal with 600 rioters. If 300 police officers had been available, the worst could have been prevented. It is a disgrace that we have to invest money that could be put into refugee shelters to boost police presence. But it is the only solution."

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