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German vice-chancellor to visit refugee shelter at center of weekend far-right riots

  • In this Aug. 23, 2015 photo police secure the street in front of a former DIY market that has been converted into an asylum seeker home as leftist demonstrators gather nearby in Heidenau, south of Dresden, eastern Germany. (Arno Burgi/dpa via AP)

    In this Aug. 23, 2015 photo police secure the street in front of a former DIY market that has been converted into an asylum seeker home as leftist demonstrators gather nearby in Heidenau, south of Dresden, eastern Germany. (Arno Burgi/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Germany's vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, second right, talks to journalists as he visits a refugee shelter that was attacked by far-right protesters over the weekend in Heidenau, eastern Germany, Monday Aug. 24, 2015.  (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)

    Germany's vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, second right, talks to journalists as he visits a refugee shelter that was attacked by far-right protesters over the weekend in Heidenau, eastern Germany, Monday Aug. 24, 2015. (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a statement with French President Francois Hollande about the European migrant crisis prior to a meeting at the chancellery  in Berlin, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a statement with French President Francois Hollande about the European migrant crisis prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).  (The Associated Press)

Germany's vice-chancellor is visiting a refugee shelter that was attacked by far-right protesters over the weekend.

Sigmar Gabriel is meeting Monday with local officials at the repurposed hardware store in Heidenau, south of Dresden.

Police say more than 30 officers have been injured trying to protect the site from neo-Nazi rioters since Friday.

On Sunday, left-wing protesters clashed with neo-Nazis and police in Heidenau.

Attacks against refugees and asylum centers in Germany have increased sharply over the past year. Officials say there were some 202 such attacks in the first six months of 2015, as many as during the whole previous year.

Police in southwestern Germany said Monday they are investigating a possible arson attack against an empty building destined as a refugee in the town of Weissach im Tal.