#PoliticsAndHistory: The ugly side of Sachsen

The Leipzig Glocal

Neo-nationalist protests in Freital, LVZ-Online, http://goo.gl/3iRAoC Neo-nationalist protests in Freital, LVZ-Online, http://goo.gl/3iRAoC

The ugly side of Sachsen

By Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos

Having followed the local news closely over the past couple of years, I was often happy that many of my non-German friends did not seem particularly well-informed about what was happening in Leipzig and Saxony (Sachsen). If you didn’t speak English, you might have missed when five pig’s heads were impaled on the premises of Leipzig’s future Ahmadiyya mosque in 2013. You may not have noticed that a right-wing group collected ten thousand signatures against the construction of East Germany’s first Islamic landmark. You may have overlooked yesterday’s arson attack on a future asylum accommodation centre in Meißen, which is just a 40-minute car journey away. You may have lived in blissful ignorance of the fact that you live in a city teeming with hatred.

It was of course stupid of me to…

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