The German government has harshly condemned riots in front of a new asylum shelter near Dresden which led to at least ten injured, most of them police officers.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter Saturday that Germany will "never tolerate that people are threatened and attacked in our country."

Maas said authorities will use the "toughness of the rule of law to strike back" against right-wing protesters like those who attacked police Friday night and blocked the road to an asylum shelter in Heidenau to stop migrants from moving in.

German news agency dpa reported the first asylum seekers were only able to move into the home early Saturday after police dispersed the rioters. Up to 600 migrants are expected to find shelter in the former warehouse.