Three wounded in racist attack in eastern Germany

A group of assailants beat three men from Mozambique and Cuba in an apparent racist attack in eastern Germany, and one had to be hospitalized, police said Friday. The violence Thursday evening in the city of Weimar adds to a string of incidents that have raised renewed concern over racism and hate crimes in Germany, weeks before the soccer World Cup opens. One of the men, a 46-year-old Mozambican, was hospitalized with head injuries, said Ilka Vollmar, a police spokeswoman in nearby Jena. His life was not in danger.

The others a Cuban and another Mozambican, both 45 suffered minor injuries. The three had been at a party on the outskirts of Weimar. Vollmar said they were first insulted, then kicked and punched, by eight assailants, and that police believe the attack was racially motivated. The suspected assailants, ages 19 to 29, were arrested. Six were in police custody; another two injured themselves as they tried to flee and were under police guard at a hospital.

In a separate incident, a 36-year-old Indian man was kicked and punched in the northeastern port town of Wismar by five men who sang the German national anthem and shouted "fascist slogans," a prosecutor said Friday. The five suspected assailants in the attack Thursday, ages 20 to 24, were arrested, said Christian Pick, a prosecutor in the nearby city of Schwerin. Concern over racism has been stoked by several recent attacks on nonwhites particularly the brutal beating at Easter of an Ethiopian-born German man in the eastern city of Potsdam, reports the AP.


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