val protests ending in violence in Germany. Anti Nazi activists gathered on the streets of Kemnitz, with an almost equal number of far right supports just meters away. Both sides throwing bottles and fireworks. Police used water cannons and barriers to keep the two sides apart but not before people were injured.
The protests began on Sunday after two men from Syria and Iraq were arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German man. 800 demonstrators responded to calls on social media by far right groups. They threw bottles and rocks at police and civilians were also attacked. German officials appealed for calm, and a spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country wouldn't tolerate vigilante justice.
But the violence is likely to put further pressure on her conservatives. Last week they faced accusations of ignoring the rise of far right groups in East Germany. Protests reflect a growing unrest in German society after Merkel's acceptance of a million asylum seekers in 2015 triggered a shift to the right in German politics.