30 Jul '15, 7am

Refugees live in fear of German anti-foreigner protests

It's an astonishing statement for a refugee from war-torn Syria, but Taher has had enough of the xenophobia he has experienced in Germany. "I want to return to Syria -- very afraid here," he said this week, speaking outside a refugee centre in the small eastern town of Freital, which has gained national notoriety for ugly protests against asylum seekers. Since arriving a month ago, after a long odyssey, the 27-year-old said he was attacked by a group that piled out of a car and hit him. Speaking with AFP, he showed a letter, written in German and Arabic, in which he withdraws his application for political asylum. "I come from Syria because I was afraid -- but here big afraid," said Taher, who did not want to give his full name, speaking in halting English. Germany, struggling with a huge influx of refugees, has been gripped by a spate of anti-foreigners rallies, violence a...

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