German city stops planned asylum centre after right-wing protests

The northern German city of Rostock has ceased plans to open asylum housing for refugee families in an inner-city district after anti-foreigner protests, local politician Steffen Bockhahn reported Tuesday.

In the past weeks there have been repeated protests - sometimes involving clashes - against refugees in the city.

According to Bockhahn, the decision was made after the city's police stated that the risks were too high in placing a refugee facility in Gross Klein, a district of high-rise housing developments.

Torsten Sohn, a member of the city's mayoralty committee, however criticized the decision as handing a victory to thuggery and racist violence.

Last update: Tue, 02/08/2016 - 19:53

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