A building in the process of being converted into housing for refugees in the German state of Saxony fell victim to arson to Sunday evening, the Associated Press reported.
According to Bautzen police, a group of onlookers gathered to watch the blaze, with some "commenting with derogatory remarks or unashamed joy."
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According to the AP, police ordered three of the onlookers to leave the scene because they were hindering firefighters' work and “then temporarily detained two of them, whom they described as intoxicated 20-year-old locals, after they ignored the order.”
On Thursday, a mob in Clausnitz, also in Saxony, attempted to block a bus carrying asylum-seekers outside another refugee facility as they screamed "We are the people!" and "Go home!"
Saxony Gov. Stanislaw Tillich told the Funke newspaper group that the crime was "appalling and shocking."
"This is abhorrent and disgusting," Tillich said, adding that authorities will "bring everyone responsible to account."
According to the AP, “It wasn't immediately clear whether the building can be restored.”