Sri Lankan man in Germany hurt in racist attack

A Sri Lankan man who lives in Germany was accosted, knocked to the ground and kicked on a city street by a drunken neo-Nazi shouting racist abuse, police in the city of Stuttgart said Monday.

Sri Lankan man in Germany hurt in racist attack
A Sri Lankan man who lives in Germany was accosted, knocked to the ground and kicked on a city street by a drunken neo-Nazi shouting racist abuse, police in the city of Stuttgart said Monday.

The attacker, 27, has been remanded into custody. The victim, 38, was discharged from hospital after doctors treated bruises he suffered in the early Saturday attack in the south-western city of Stuttgart.

Police said the victim had been drinking, but was not drunk, while the attacker was very drunk. There was some evidence that they may have encountered one another earlier in the night in a bar.

A drunken group of three German men and a woman, 18, had accosted the Sri Lankan as he was apparently walking home and aggressively demanded to know what country he came from.

After issuing verbal abuse, one of the men knocked him down and kicked him without restraint until police arrived.

The attacker, who continued to utter racist abuse and insult the police, was arrested. Police said he had several previous assault convictions and had been under investigation for wearing Nazi symbols.

A spokesman said police were putting more questions Monday to the group of four and the victim about what exactly happened before the police arrived, since their evidence was contradictory.

Detectives said there was a clearly racist motive, but they suspected there had also been an element of alcohol-induced inter- male friction between the Sri Lankan and the German as well.

DPA
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