Onlookers express 'undisguised joy' as German hotel intended for refugees burns
Early Sunday morning, a former hotel that is being converted into a shelter for refugees in Bautzen, Germany, burned down. A crowd formed, with several cheering the fire, and even trying to block emergency responders from putting out the blaze.
"We're not going to let some block-headed white supremacist arsonists decide who we host in our city." - Alexander Ahrens, mayor of Bautzen
"The arsonists were working in a really professional manner, it makes me think they could come from the organized far-right extremist side," the mayor says.
Still, Ahrens insists the city is generally welcoming to refugees. The city is working with the proprietor of the burned hotel to get it repaired quickly. City officials are looking for alternative housing options for refugees in the meantime.
"We're not going to let some block-headed white supremacist arsonists decide who we host in our city, and under which conditions."
Police have detained two men for allegedly hindering firefighters' work.