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Refugees And Locals Brawl In German Town [VIDEO]

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A massive brawl between about 20 refugees and 80 locals broke out Wednesday night on the streets of Bautzen in eastern Germany.

Initial reports claim the refugees started the violence after verbal attacks from the locals, who are described as nationalists. Police further claim the migrants threw bottles and pieces of wood at officers.

The refugees were eventually chased back to their shelter where police had to guard them through the night. Two refugees were injured in the clashes.

Glass shattering and chants in German can be heard in footage from near the scene of the brawl.

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Tensions between migrants and locals in Bautzen have grown over the past year. A 32-year-old local was injured after getting hit by a bottle during similar clashes Tuesday night.

“I strongly denounce this violence and would like to stress that I do so regardless of who may have started it,” Alexander Ahrens, Mayor of Bautzen told Deutsche Welle.

Bautzen made headlines in February when locals cheered as a planned refugee shelter was set on fire. Attacks on refugee accommodations have since become a near-daily occurrence across Germany.

Bautzen is located just 38 miles east of Dresden, where anti-Islamization group PEGIDA originates.

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