Germany: Turkish restaurant targeted in xenophobic attack

19th Oct 2018
Germany: Turkish restaurant targeted in xenophobic attack

BERLIN (AA): A Turkish restaurant was set on fire in an arson attack early Thursday morning in the eastern German city of Chemnitz.

Police spokesman told Anadolu Agency that they suspected a xenophobic motive behind the attack, which caused extensive damage to the restaurant but no injuries.

Mehmet Ali Tulasoglu, owner of the Mangal restaurant, said the attack came only a week after a similar incident, when suspected far-right extremists attacked a Persian restaurant in the city.

The police asked for the public’s help on Thursday in identifying the suspects.

This August and September Chemnitz witnessed violent far-right protests in which mobs hunted down people deemed “foreign-looking,” threw stones at migrant-owned shops, and attacked a Jewish restaurant.

 

[Photo: Thousands of people hold banners and shout slogans as they stage an anti-racism protest in Berlin, Germany on October 13, 2018. Photographer: Cüneyt Karadağ/AA]

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