An Iraqi and a Syrian were arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German man that triggered violent clashes in the city yesterday.
Police brought in water cannons as fireworks were thrown from opposing sides, causing widespread injuries.
The state and local officials appealed for calm as thousands took to the streets to demonstrate the stabbing of an unnamed German man on the weekend. Local prosecutors confirmed they had arrested two suspects, a 22-year-old Syrian man and a 21-year-old Iraqi man.
But today, the German Chancellor hit out over the violent demonstrations, saying that Germany “would not tolerate vigilante justice”, in a statement released by her spokesman
Protestors clashed in Chemnitz following the fatal stabbing of a German man on the weekend
Angela Merkel has been g]clinging to power since her open door migrant policy backfired
Mrs Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert: “We don’t tolerate such unlawful assemblies and the hounding of people who look different or have different origins, and attempts to spread hatred on the streets.
“That has no place in our cities and we, as the German government, condemn it in the strongest terms.
“Our basic message for Chemnitz and beyond is that there is no place in Germany for vigilante justice, for groups that want to spread hatred on the streets, for intolerance and for extremism.”
Television news channels broadcast amateur footage of a man being chased through the streets at Sunday’s protest.
Around 2,000 protestors demonstrated on the streets of Chemnitz
Police said they were investigating reports of injury filed by Syrian, Afghan and Bulgarian people. At least four demonstrators have been charged.
On Monday evening, around 1,000 protestors gathered near the city’s Karl Marx statue to protest the Sunday attacks.
Tim Detzner, the head of the radical Left party in Chemnitz, told the rally: “The scenes of people going after those who look like foreigners scare us.
“We want to show that Chemnitz has another side that is cosmopolitan and opposes xenophobia.”
The demontsration by left wing and far right supporters turned ugly on Sunday
But an opposition faction of around 1,000 nationalist demonstrators descended upon the area, waving German and Bavarian flags while chanting “we are the people” – a popular slogan among nationalists in Germany.
Some nationalist protestors broke through police barriers set up to keep the warring protestors apart.
On Sunday, some 800 demonstrators – including about 50 that police described as ready to commit violence – took to the streets after the stabbing.
The unrest follows on from Mrs Merkel’s decision to allow around 1 million asylum seekers into Germany in 2015 – an issue that has threatened to tear her coaliton government – formed by Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Horst Seehofer’s right leaning Christian Social Union (CSU) apart.
Demonstrators gather in front of a huge statue of Karl Marx in Chemnitz
The embattled German Chancellor, who has presided over Europe’s biggest economy for 13 years, witnessed her popularity plummet when her open-door migrant policy backfired and led to a disastrous election result in September last year.
Ministers from the CSU party in Bavaria – which form the majority part of the government -threatened to conduct a mass walk out, meaning the incumbent leader would lose her majority in parliament and threatened her position as Chancellor.
The arrival of immigrants is said to have propelled support for far-right groups such as PEGIDA and the Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Police announced at around 7.30pm BST (8.30pm local time) on Monday that the demonstration had ended and were escorting participants to Chemnitz train station.
Rioters from both sides demonstrated on Saxony on the weekend
Tweeting about Sunday’s incident, AfD politician Markus Frohnmaier said: “If the state is no longer to protect citizens then people take to the streets and protect themselves. It’s as simple as that!”
Martina Renner, a Left party lawmaker, accused the far-right of trying to exploit a murder for its own political ends.
Mrs Renner said: “A terrible murder, the background to which is still unclear, is being instrumentalised in the most repugnant way for racist riots in Chemnitz.
The latest riot will put pressure on MRs Merkel’s government, who have been accused of ignoring the uprising of far-right groups in the Saxony region, an area which includes cities such as Leipzig and Dresden.