Additional police are being sent to Bautzen ahead of anti-migrant demonstrations planned in the eastern German town this weekend. Authorities are hoping to prevent a repeat of violent clashes between locals and refugees.
Bautzen police chief Uwe Kilz said the security presence would be noticeably increased in the small Saxon town, which is bracing for upcoming right-wing rallies on Sunday.
Police said around 350 mainly far-right supporters assembled in the central Kornmarkt square on Thursday night, but the gathering remained largely peaceful.
“The ugly scenes we saw in the square the previous evening weren’t there this time,” Kilz said, although police registered eight offenses for assault, the use of anti-constitutional symbols and a seditious chant.