Germany For Germans?

A week of rioting signals a vicious outbreak of xenophobia

"Ethnic cleansing," it appears, plagues not just the Balkans but the Baltic as well. In a hail of rocks and Molotov cocktails, skinheads and neo-Nazis in the eastern German port of Rostock tried to storm an apartment block housing 200 asylum-seeking Romanian Gypsies, beginning an ugly battle that would last all week. After officials moved the Gypsies, the hooligans trapped 100 Vietnamese guest workers in a neighboring building and set it ablaze. By luck alone, none of the inhabitants was seriously hurt.

Even after the Vietnamese decamped, skinheads fought nightly battles with the police. Local officials sought to excuse the inept...

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