German government condemns anti-migrant protests in Saxony
German riot police block a road to secure a gathering of the movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) in Dresden April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN: The German government on Monday denounced anti-refugee protests that took place in eastern Germany, calling the events in which a group of people hindered asylum seekers from getting off a bus to enter a shelter “deeply shameful”.

“How cold-hearted, how coward one has to be to plant oneself in front of a refugee bus, to swear and to roar in order to scare the people sitting inside, among them several women and children,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said during a regular news conference.

On Thursday night a group of about 100 people blocked the entry to a refugee shelter in Clausnitz, a small town in Germany’s eastern state Saxony.

Video footage posted online shows the crowd surrounding the bus with the refugees inside, yelling slurs and hindering the refugees from getting off.

Over the weekend, a ready-to-move-in shelter for asylum seekers was set ablaze in the city of Bautzen, also in Saxony, with several spectators applauding and some hindering the work of firemen.

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