Eight Indian men were injured in a possible racist attack by about 50 Germans at a fair in eastern Germany over the weekend, the police said on Monday.
Four assailants and two police officers were also injured in the incident in the town of Muegeln, which started with a scuffle on the dance floor of a party tent in the early hours of Sunday. “A group of about 50 Germans and several onlookers then chased the escaping Indians across the market square,” said Ilka Peter, a police spokesperson in nearby Leipzig.
The Indians sought shelter in a pizza parlour run by an Indian, but some of the Germans kicked in the doors of the building and beat them up, Peter said. “We were told that some people were shouting ‘foreigners get out,’ but we don’t know if those slurs came from the onlookers or the attackers,” she said.
Kulvir Singh, 39, who was injured in the attack, said without help from the police, they might have been beaten to death.
The Indians were mostly traders who sold goods at open markets in the region. Two suspects were detained but later released. One Indian remained hospitalised on Monday. Muegeln mayor Gotthard Deuse said the incident may have had a racist motivation.