Germany: "Neo-Nazis" Allegedly Burns Down Immigrant Housing


"Far-right arsonists" are believed to have caused fires which damaged 3 buildings earmarked for non-white invaders near Nuremberg in southern Germany.

The renovated buildings were empty when the fires took hold on Thursday night. Firefighters quickly put out the blazes and no-one was seriously hurt. Swastikas were daubed on one building with the slogan "no asylum seeker in Vorra" - the town where it happened.

Germany hosts more so-called "asylum seekers" than any other country. Local authorities have been struggling to accommodate rising numbers of them, many of whom have fled the wars in Syria and Iraq.

Police in Vorra estimate the fire damage at 700,000 euros (£555,000; $872,000). The three buildings were a former restaurant, a barn and a vacant block of flats.

Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, of the conservative CSU party, said it was "obviously arson". "And these swastika graffiti raise suspicions that far-right activists could have been responsible," he added.

Vorra's Mayor Volker Herzog - from the Social Democrats - said the activists were suspected of having met at a local house at weekends, though there was no pattern of "far-right offences".

Bavaria's Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) said Bavaria "is distinguished by its citizens' willingness to help and support those who seek peaceful refuge in Bavaria and protection from war and persecution".


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