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By Catherine Hardy  with AP, AFP
German government slams migrant attacks

<p><p></p> <p>The German government has condemned the latest outbreak of far-right, anti-migrant sentiment in the country as “shameful”.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Szenen in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Clausnitz?src=hash">#Clausnitz</a> zutiefst beschämend. Viele Menschen zeigen täglich: Unser Land ist anders. <a href="https://t.co/1fPplUTTHr">pic.twitter.com/1fPplUTTHr</a></p>— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) <a href="https://twitter.com/RegSprecher/status/701731331236044801">February 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>Last week, angry protesters surrounded a bus full of refugees arriving at a refugee centre in the town of Clausnitz.</p> </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/32/50/325013/606x811_bonus-2202-en-clausnitz.jpg" alt="" /> <p></p> <p>The atmosphere was intimidating. </p> <p>One young boy could clearly be seen in tears as he climbed down the steps.</p> <p>The <strong>spokesman for Angela Merkel, Steffen Siebert</strong>, says what happened is “shameful”</p> <p>“You have to be really cold-hearted and cowardly to plant yourself in front of a bus full of refugees and shout and swear at them.”</p> <p>“It is reassuring that there are so many people in this region and in Germany as a whole who show day-to-day that this country is not like that.”</p> </p> <h3><strong>Bautzen fire</strong></h3> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Onlookers cheer as fire burns migrant shelter in Germany <a href="https://t.co/XmarANGw8x">https://t.co/XmarANGw8x</a></p>— <span class="caps">TIME</span>.com (@TIME) <a href="https://twitter.com/TIME/status/701681588485099521">February 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spectators cheered as a building in eastern Germany meant to house migrants burned <a href="https://t.co/tQ1qAUKQcx">https://t.co/tQ1qAUKQcx</a> <a href="https://t.co/N7MXoazT5G">pic.twitter.com/N7MXoazT5G</a></p>— <span class="caps">POLITICO</span> Europe (@POLITICOEurope) <a href="https://twitter.com/POLITICOEurope/status/701687675527503872">February 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>The incident in Clausnitz is not an isolated one in Germany.</p> <p>A refugee shelter in the town of Bautzen was burned to the ground a few hours before in the eastern state of Saxony.</p> </p> <h3><strong>Support for far-right</strong></h3> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Frauke <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Petry?src=hash">#Petry</a> gibt Flüchtlingen Mitschuld an Eskalation in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Clausnitz?src=hash">#Clausnitz</a> <a href="https://t.co/pwZPy4VJ3z">https://t.co/pwZPy4VJ3z</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AfD?src=hash">#AfD</a> <a href="https://t.co/6gxkfIWfir">pic.twitter.com/6gxkfIWfir</a></p>— Der Tagesspiegel (@tagesspiegel) <a href="https://twitter.com/tagesspiegel/status/701750941184303104">February 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>There is concern about the rise of extremism in Germany.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">AFD</span> Party, led by Frauke Petry, has 17% support ahead of regional elections in Sachsen-Anhalt in March. <p></p> <h3><strong>In numbers</strong></h3> </p> <ul> <li>Records show acts of extreme-right violence doubled in 2015 compared to 2014</li> <li>In 2014, half of those committed were in the former East Germany</li> <li>231 offences reported in 2016, 47 in Saxony</li> </ul>