German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has condemned anti-migrant violence in the eastern German town of Heidenau, the Euro News website reports today (August 22, 2015).
"We must never tolerate people in our country being threatened or attacked," he said in a statement.
What started as a peaceful demonstration later turned violent, as bottles and stones were thrown at bus loads of migrants attempting to enter the town.
Scuffles broke out when a group of far-right radicals joined the several-hundred-strong crowd calmly marching against the expected arrivals. The group then started chanting xenophobic slogans before clashes began in which 31 police officers were injured.