(CNN)Tensions keep escalating in Germany as reports of mob sex assaults on New Year’s Eve are giving way to attacks on foreigners and demands for refugees to leave.
Protesters flooded the streets of Leipzig on Monday night, blaming the sex assaults on migrants who have entered the country.
“Rapefugees not welcome,” one of the signs read.
Leipzig official Maria Braunsdorf said police surrounded at least 250 right-wing extremists after some local businesses were ransacked.
But counter-demonstrators showed their support for the refugees, with one banner reading, “Willkommen in Leipzig” — Welcome to Leipzig.