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Merkel says images from Chemnitz protest 'very clearly' showed hate

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Merkel says images from Chemnitz protest 'very clearly' showed hate
German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a financial conference at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach   -   Copyright  KAI PFAFFENBACH(Reuters)

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said she stood by her earlier comments condemning images of hate and the targeting of innocent people broadcast after a far-right protest triggered by a fatal stabbing in the eastern city of Chemnitz last month.

Far-right leaders have called for Merkel and her spokesman Steffen Seibert to apologise for exaggerating the anti-migrant violence after the state premier of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer on Wednesday said that “no witchhunt” had occurred in the protests.

Merkel, asked about the issue, told reporters: “We saw pictures that very clearly revealed hate and thereby also the persecution of innocent people. One must distance oneself from that. That is what Mr. Seibert did, and I am doing, and have already done.”

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Maria Sheahan)