Police arrest six ahead of protest
3 February, 2018, 12:00 am
BERLIN – German police arrested six members of the far right who were handing out tear gas bottles and flyers in the eastern city of Cottbus on Thursday and said they were stepping up security ahead of an anti-refugee protest there on Saturday.
Cottbus, a city of 100,000 residents in the state of Brandenburg, is home to 3400 refugees. Tensions there have risen since five Syrian teenagers were detained in January over two knife attacks.
The six men arrested belonged to the far-right National Democratic Party (NDP), police said.
“An investigation has been launched against the men aged 17 to 32 years on suspicion of breaching the law on public assembly and their flyers and CS-gas sprays have been confiscated,” the Cottbus police said in a statement.
The NPD and other far-right groups have been organising demonstrations demanding that refugees leave Cottbus.