The city’s social senator, Steffen Bockhahn, who ordered the halt, said “the decision hurts” him, as quoted by Der Spiegel magazine. He added though that security should be a priority.
Far rights activists repeatedly rallied in July against the proposed asylum center in Rostock’s Gross Klein district.
On July 23 an asylum-seeker center in the same neighborhood came under attack by radicals, Die Zeit newspaper reports. The assailants broke into the building, engaging in a brawl with the refugees, with police later settling the fight. The facility housed 15 invaders who were then transmitted to another district in Rostock.
“I find it extremely concerning if we allow the far-right to dictate us where refugees are allowed to live and where not,” Uwe Michaelis, a local politician voiced his frustration to Ostsee-Zeitung daily. Michaelis added that the radicals “would interpret it as their victory.”
It is our victory, comrades. Tomorrow belongs to us!