As protests against a recent racist attack in Germany continue, a senior Jewish leader in the country has called on authorities to investigate claims some places have become ‘no-go’ areas for foreigners. The claim has been made by anti-racism campaigners amid a growing debate on the issue. Eight Indians were injured in the weekend attack in the town of Muegelin.
India’s Ambassador in Germany, Meera Shankar said: “Trade and economic relations and cultural contacts and scientific contacts between the two countries are growing and we hope that those incidents will not impact adversely on that.”
Muegelin is in the eastern state of Saxony, a stronghold of the far-right. But the town itself was not considered a hotbed of racist activity. Mayor Gotthard Deuse said the community is in shock: “I can’t understand why people didn’t jump in to help victims straight away. I think people were afraid to.”
The eight men were set upon by a mob during a festival in the town. The gang, shouting racist slogans, chased them through the streets. Police intervened after the men took refuge in an Indian-owned pizza restaurant. Police patrols have been increased in the aftermath of the attack.