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.
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