There are “good reasons to believe” that video footage of extremists hunting foreigners in Chemnitz are fake news, according to Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, undermining Angela Merkel’s insistence that protests against killer migrants were marked by “hate and… the persecution of innocent people”. “I share the scepticism towards media reports of right-wing extremists chasing down [foreigners] in Chemnitz,” Hans-Georg Maassen told the Bild newspaper on Friday, expressing doubt over the authenticity of a widely-reported video purporting to show Germans ‘hunting’ foreigners.“Based on my cautious assessment, there are good reasons to believe that this was intentional false information, possibly to detract attention from the murder in Chemnitz” of a German-Cuban allegedly by two asylum seekers, Maassen said. He added that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) had “no reliable information that such pursuits had taken place.” The intelligence boss’ comments came after T-Online, noted reports relating to a photograph from the protest featured heavily in media coverage of the event, which appeared to show an individual doing a ‘Hitler salute’. Germany’s biggest news portal, T-Online told readers it had been noticed that the man in the image was inked with a tattoo celebrating left-wing German terror group the Red… Read full this story
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