Renewed protest against deportation in Leipzig

Berlin (dpa) – Several hundred people gathered again on Wednesday evening for a solidarity rally in the eastern German city of Leipzig in a renewed protest against deportation. Unlike the night before, however, the approximately two-hour protest in the district of Volkmarsdorf remained peaceful, a dpa photographer observed. The police also held back. Late Tuesday evening about 500 people faced off with police protesting the forced deportation of an asylum seeker. At times the stand-off developed into a riot, according to the police, as beer bottles and stones were thrown and a barricade built. The refugee was finally taken away. The Green politician Juergen Kasek, who was at the protest, attributed the “escalation of the situation” to the police “pushing back” people in the street. A police spokesman said on Wednesday that initially no injuries were reported among the demonstrators.

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