Racist attacks follow German victory

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Police have released details of a number of racist actions against Turkish people during and after Germany's Euro 2008 match against Turkey

Berlin -- A group of youths attacked three Turkish fast-food cafes in the eastern German city of Dresden, injuring two Turkish workers, following Germany's victory over Turkey in the semi-finals of the Euro 2008 football competition.

Police reported that a group of 20 to 30 people had also set a Turkish flag alight late Wednesday in the city, the capital of the eastern state of Saxony, while others watched without intervening.

In Chemnitz, another city in the state, police reported a tense atmosphere with special units intervening to prevent outbreaks of violence.

Six officers were hurt, and several police vehicles were damaged, they said.

In Hanover in the west, police said they detained 20 right-wing radicals after they had shouted racist slogans.

Elsewhere, street parties went off without incident with Germans and members of Germany's 2.2-million Turkish community watching the game alongside each other on large outdoor screens.

But two brief breakdowns in television reception from the Swiss city of Basle, where the game was played, contributed to the heightened tension elsewhere.

Since the collapse of communism, the former communist states of eastern Germany have gained a reputation for right-wing and racially motivated violence. DPA

3 Comments To This Article

  • doh posted:

    on 28th June 2008, 13:12:08 - Reply

    Finally Expatica is back to bring at least two news items per day that have "Nazi" or "Holocaust" in them. GERMANS ARE NAZIS after all. At least that is the message Expatica is trying to bring across

    In this particular article: yes. so there was some violence by German soccer fans. Was there NO violence committed by Turkish fans? ????????? What is the point of this article? Merely to scare readers into the same old GERMANS ARE NAZIS point? This kind of reporting is reminiscent of a particular era in German history. Do you see the irony?
  • Albrecht posted:

    on 27th June 2008, 14:44:36 - Reply

    most of the frustrations were likely in response to the satellite problems and over-indulgence in alcohol. I also suspect instigation by Turkish supporters who are well known to enjoy hooliganism, crime, and carry knives.

    I wouldn't put it past organised Turkish immigrant groups trying to get "attacked" and provoking "attacks" so they can cry "racism"
  • john doe posted:

    on 26th June 2008, 12:16:53 - Reply

    And the Turks aren't racist and right wing?