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    Police in the eastern German state of Saxony might show greater tolerance of far-right extremism than the population, the local deputy governor suggested in an interview with Die Zeit on Thursday.

    German Official: Saxony Police Tolerate Anti-Migrant Sentiment

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    Police in the eastern German state of Saxony might show greater tolerance of far-right extremism than the population, the local deputy governor suggested in an interview with Die Zeit on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In the past year, Saxony was hit by a wave of anti-migrant protests organized by Dresden-based anti-Islamisation group Pegida. AfD leader Frauke Petry also suggested that police shoot at migrants who try to cross into Germany illegally.

    "I'm asking myself if police in Saxony are more sympathetic of Pegida and AfD [Alternative for Germany party] than the average local resident," Martin Dulig said, adding police officers lacked "inter-cultural competence."

    Dulig said that Saxonian police did not make any arrests after a recent attack on a bus with refugees near the town of Clausnitz. Instead, the police chief said at a press briefing that migrants were partially to blame for the incident.

    Germans have been increasingly upset about the government’s open-door policy toward refugees, especially after New Year Eve’s sex attacks by men of alleged refugee background on women in Cologne.

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