DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – A mob shouting racial insults attacked eight Indians at a town fair in east Germany, then chased them and besieged them inside a pizzeria until they were rescued by police, officials said on Monday.
Around 70 police were required to disperse the mob of 50 people, which gathered after revellers shouted abuse and threw bottles at the Indians during the town fair in Muegeln, east of Leipzig, on Saturday night, police said.
“There’s never been an outbreak of violence like this in the town,” a police spokesman said.
All of the Indians, who were traders and asylum seekers, were injured, he said.
Eastern Germany has seen intermittent racist attacks on foreigners since German reunification in 1990.
The far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) entered the regional parliament in the eastern state of Saxony in 2004 with over 9 percent of the vote.
Mob of 50 attacks Indians in east German town
”I had only heard the noise all this while, but two weeks ago I actually saw one,” says Christa about the shelling in her home town of Batticaloa. “We all saw it. All the children in my class. We were in our school at that time and our classroom is in the second floor, so we could see everything. We saw it coming and we saw it falling into the playground in front of our school. No one was hurt, but it was so terrible.”
The fifteen-year-old has decided to stay at home since she saw the shell falling into the playground. For her, the ‘most scariest thing’ in her hometown is “shelling”.
”I think the children in Colombo are very lucky. There is no shelling sound to disturb their studies and they can go to school everyday. I want to go to Colombo, I will never be able to study here,” Christa says.
”Even the machine gun noise is so terrible. It shakes our school buildings. We get so terrified that the building will collapse,” she says, “At those times our principal asks us to vacate classrooms and gather in our school grounds. All the students come and we wait there until it stops.”
But for Christa, her home town has lost all meaning. “I don’t want to stay here any longer. I’m just waiting to leave this place. If I go, I will never come back; even if the war is over,” she says.
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