Germany: AfD rally and counter demo in Stuttgart as riots blamed on migrants

Right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) parliamentary leader Alice Weidel accused «mostly young men with a migration background» and «left-wing extremists» of being behind the riots and looting of last weekend, at a rally in Stuttgart on Sunday. Police kept the AfD supporters and the counter demonstrators apart from one another. «A mob of many hundreds, mostly young men with a migration background, devastated the city centre, attacked the police and rehearse the civil war,» said Weidel as 19 police officers were injured in the clashes last weekend. «Dozens of shops attacked, several looted. That was not a spontaneous escalation, it was a violent-ready mob, trying [for] the civil war,» she continued. At least 20 arrests were reportedly made after riots, sparked by police allegedly tried to carry out checks on an individual suspected of dealing drugs, spiralled out of control. Several businesses suffered damage, including looting.

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