Riot breaks out at overcrowded refugee camp in Germany after resident tore pages out of the Koran and threw them in the toilet
At least 17 people were injured at an overcrowded German refugee shelter after one resident tore pages out of a Koran.
Around 20 refugees chased the Afghan man who damaged the Muslim Holy Book and threw the discarded pages into the toilet.
He was eventually saved by the shelter’s guards which prompted the mob – according to local media mainly Syrian men – to turn their anger on the camp’s security team.
More than 50 men armed themselves with steel rods and began throwing rocks at guards and policemen.
It comes amid high tensions in Germany as the country prepares to host 800,000 asylum seekers this year.
In the violence today, migrants smashed car windows, ransacked buildings and demolished the walls which divide the shelter in the rampage which lasted several hours.
The refugee camp in Suhl, Thuringia, was built to house around 1,200 people but is currently home to more than 1,700.
Germany is struggling to deal with the massive influx of asylum seekers from war zones such as Syria, as well as migrants from countries not at war.
The sudden surge has forced German authorities to house migrants in schools and tents which have been transformed into make-shift shelters.
Local officials have repeatedly raised concerns about overcrowding, saying they were unable to cope with the accelerating demand.
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