Muslim refugees are suspect in Germany after weekend violence

Associated Press

BERLIN (July 17, 2017) — German authorities say some young Muslim refugees are suspects in the wake of weekend violence that included sexual harassment and bottles being thrown at police.

German authorities say a crowd of youths threw bottles at police during a weekend festival in a town near Stuttgart. They also are reporting four cases of women being sexually harassed, and three Afghan asylum seekers are suspects in one case.

Police said Monday that many of the youths had been drinking.

The incidents in Schorndorf on Friday and Saturday evenings three cases of sexual harassment on Friday, in one of which an Iraqi is suspected, and a further case on Saturday. In the latter case, the three Afghans allegedly groped a 17-year-old girl.

Later Saturday, police say about 1,000 youths — many of them Muslim refugees — gathered in a town park. Some of them threw bottles at police and two police vehicles were sprayed with graffiti.

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