A heated debate on last year's anti-immigration protests in Chemnitz, took place in the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday, during which at one point, Ulrich Oehme, member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of helping to spread 'fake' news that damaged Germany’s international reputation.

"The exciting question is just why the Chancellor is attaching a particular meaning to this fake video, because the Chemnitz police, the public prosecutor’s office in Saxony, the regional free press [inaudible] and the fired President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution Maassen confirmed that there was no hunt in Chemnitz," said Oehme.

"This video was perfectly suited and provided to distract from refugee politics. The Chancellor and the press spokesperson Seibert tacitly accepted and that is the actual scandal – that the Chemnitz people in Saxony, but also the entire republic, suffered lasting damage to their international reputation," he added.

Meanwhile, Detlef Muller of the Social Democratic Party said, "The AFD are not about clarification, but rather about splitting hairs. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter whether the incidents that occurred on the 26th and 27th of August were hunts or hunting scenes."

"It's correct that people were pursued and attacked here, verbally and physically, based on the colour of their skin, their political views, their origins or even just for their activities. Workers, left-wingers, foreigners, journalists, and police officers were hunted," he added.

A series of anti-immigration protests, some of which culminating in riots, broke out in the eastern German city after the fatal stabbing of a German citizen.

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