The German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, defended the demonstrators of Chemnitz by calling migration "the mother of all problems".
Seehofer, who played a decisive role in the defeat of his own coalition, Angela Merkel, last month with his criticism of his immigration policy, emphasized that not all of Chemnitz's protesters were right-wing activists while defending their actions.
"If I were not a minister, I would have gone out as a citizen, of course, not together with radicals," said Seehofer to the Rheinischer Post.
Seehofer also called for a "pan-European solution to the migration crisis" and added that he believed that "the problem of migration is the mother of all political problems."
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Horst Seehofer defended the protesters saying that "if he were not a government minister, he would have joined them".
Right-wing supporters wave German flags during the demonstration in Chemnitz on Saturday after the death of a German
Thousands of people participated in protests organized by far-right groups in the city of Chemnitz, in eastern Germany, last week, after the fatal stabbing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two refugees.
Several people were arrested for making Nazi greetings. According to reports, protesters also attacked foreigners and chanted "They are not welcome here."
Seehofer said that all those who have complied with the Nazi greetings and committed other offenses will be prosecuted by the state, adding that "we will not turn a blind eye".
His defense of the Chemnits protesters once again placed him in the opposite corner as his coalition partner Angela Merkel.
Merkel and Seehofer erupted earlier this year in the Chancellor's failed attempts to agree on an EU-wide migration agreement.
The crisis was only avoided when Merkel reached an agreement in early August with the Seehofer CSU party to automatically return asylum seekers arriving in Germany after having applied for asylum in another EU country.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted an invitation from Mayor Barbara Ludwig to visit Chemnitz, which has been the high point of racist marches after the German was allegedly killed by Iraqis and Syrians.
Eleven police vehicles block the road while the agents try to maintain peace during the march of the right-wing demonstrators
The riot police are facing the demonstrators at the end of a demonstration organized by the right-wing populist movement & # 39; Pro Chemnitz & # 39;
"I say that the issue of migration poses challenges," he said in an interview with RTL television.
Merkel added that the protests in Chemnitz showed that both people "full of hate directed at other people" and "people are facing xenophobia and racism."
"It's a tense situation in which, I think, everyone should take a position," he added.
Merkel announced on Wednesday that she will visit Chemnitz in the coming days after receiving an invitation from the mayor of the city.
Merkel said Germany "saw images in Chemnitz that clearly showed hatred and persecution of innocent people" during the protests.
During a joint press conference in Berlin today with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, he added: "What we have seen is something that has no place in a constitutional democracy.
"We have video recordings of people who persecute others, of rebel assemblies and hate in the streets, and that has nothing to do with our constitutional state."
The hooligans run for the left demonstrators during the demonstrations after the murder of a German man in Chemnitz
Police blockade the demonstration on the right Saturday after the murder of a German man in Chemnitz six days ago
The death of Daniel Hillig about two weeks ago in the Saxon city of around 240,000 people triggered a wave of violent right-wing protests and countered demonstrations by left-wing groups, with far-right protesters surpassing 8,800 to 3,000, police said.
His death sparked a wave of right-wing protests and counter-demonstrations by leftist groups, with far-right protesters outnumbered the counterrevolutionaries by 8,800 to 3,000, police said.
Right-wing groups and thousands of local citizens took to the streets in the days after the stabbing, with several participants attacking people who looked like foreigners and making the Nazi salute illegal.
Chemnitz's knife attack is the latest in a series of violent refugee crimes that have attracted massive media attention around the world and fueled anger over Merkel's decision not to close Germany's borders to more than one million immigrants and refugees who arrived since 2015.
Two suspects, an Iraqi and a Syrian, are in police custody following the murder of Hillig, while a municipal court issued an arrest warrant yesterday against a third man, another Iraqi.
Protestor held posters of Angela Merkel saying he is "guilty" of inciting his policy of allowing refugees to settle in Germany