German citizens fight with migrants in Bautzen

Thursday, 15 September, 2016 - 18:45

A group of refugees and dozens of local residents have clashed in a town in eastern Germany.

Police in Bautzen, a town between Dresden and the Polish border, said  that about 80 Germans and nearly 20 refugees attacked each other in a town square on Wednesday.

Local police spokesman Thomas Knaup said officers then intervened to calm the situation but they were attacked with wooden sticks. Some of the refugees threw bottles.

Bautzen's police chief Uwe Kilz said his forces managed to take the situation under control and “peace was restored.”

“It wasn't anarchy, but there was at least a chaotic phase that I would say lasted between 45 and 90 minutes,” Kilz said.