Germany migrant shelter fire ‘cheered by onlookers’

Germany migrant shelter fire ‘cheered by onlookers’

A fire which broke out at a building planned to house migrants in eastern Germany was greeted with cheers from some onlookers, police say.

The fire in the town of Bautzen in the early hours of Sunday morning destroyed the roof of a former hotel, which was being converted into a migrant shelter.

Police said some of the crowd tried to prevent firefighters from extinguishing the blaze, which destroyed the roof.

The premier of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, described them as “criminals”.

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Police suspect arson. The investigation includes detectives who normally deal with extremist crimes. No-one was hurt.

Only a few days ago, protesters in another Saxon town, Clausnitz, blocked the arrival of a bus taking migrants to accommodation.

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