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Cottbus Bans Refugees Amid Violence in German City

Cottbus Bans Refugees Amid Violence in German City

Aerial view on the city of Cottbus, Germany. (Totalpics/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 10:34 AM

Cottbus, an Eastern German city, has placed a temporary ban on new refugees in an attempt to curb the recent surge of violence that erupted between refugees and far-right extremists, Fox News reported.

City officials announced the ban after two Syrian teenagers were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of injuring a 16-year-old German teenager with a knife during an altercation between school acquaintances near a tram station.

The incident comes days after a man and his wife were attacked by three Syrian asylum seekers, aged 14, 15 and 17 years old, outside a shopping center, according to The Telegraph.

Authorities have since ordered the 15-year-old and his father to leave the city.

Tension has been mounting in Cottbus, which has hosted about 3,000 asylum seekers since opening Germany's borders in 2015, sparking a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment.

The city features a population of 100,000 and is said to house one of Germany's largest right-wing extremist scenes, with 145 right-wing radicals counted living in Cottbus last year.

Around 100 masked neo-Nazis marched through the city center last weekend as part of an illegal demonstration and, on New Year's day, a group of neo-Nazis allegedly assaulted refugees, Fox News noted.

A newly released study in Germany has linked the increase in violent crime with an influx of mostly young, male immigrants, The Daily Mail said.

However, the study also found that migrants were most likely to find themselves the victims of crime committed by other migrants.

The ban on new refugees is expected to remain in place for the next few months, Fox News noted.

Various other safety measures are also being implemented, including an increased police presence which would be deployed on daily foot patrols of the city from late afternoon to evening "for as long as it serves its purpose... at least over the next two weeks," a Cottbus police spokesperson told The Telegraph.

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