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German Chancellor to visit asylum home at center of neo-Nazi riots

  • President Joachim Gauck visits a asylum-seekers home in  Berlin-Wilmersdorf and welcomes refugees in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 26,  2015. German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were visiting asylum seeker homes Wednesday to express support for refugees following an outburst of anti-foreigner violence over the weekend.  Merkel planned to meet with refugees, aid workers and local officials at a shelter in Heidenau, near Dresden, that had been at the center of neo-Nazi riots. (Wolfgang Kumm /dpa via AP)

    President Joachim Gauck visits a asylum-seekers home in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and welcomes refugees in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015. German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were visiting asylum seeker homes Wednesday to express support for refugees following an outburst of anti-foreigner violence over the weekend. Merkel planned to meet with refugees, aid workers and local officials at a shelter in Heidenau, near Dresden, that had been at the center of neo-Nazi riots. (Wolfgang Kumm /dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • President Joachim Gauck visits a asylum-seekers home in  Berlin-Wilmersdorf and welcomes refugees in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 26,  2015. German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were visiting asylum seeker homes Wednesday to express support for refugees following an outburst of anti-foreigner violence over the weekend.  Merkel planned to meet with refugees, aid workers and local officials at a shelter in Heidenau, near Dresden, that had been at the center of neo-Nazi riots. (Wolfgang Kumm /dpa via AP)

    President Joachim Gauck visits a asylum-seekers home in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and welcomes refugees in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015. German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were visiting asylum seeker homes Wednesday to express support for refugees following an outburst of anti-foreigner violence over the weekend. Merkel planned to meet with refugees, aid workers and local officials at a shelter in Heidenau, near Dresden, that had been at the center of neo-Nazi riots. (Wolfgang Kumm /dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • President Joachim Gauck visits a asylum-seeker home in  Berlin-Wilmersdorf and welcomes refugees in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 26,  2015. German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were visiting asylum seeker homes Wednesday to express support for refugees following an outburst of anti-foreigner violence over the weekend.  Merkel planned to meet with refugees, aid workers and local officials at a shelter in Heidenau, near Dresden, that had been at the center of neo-Nazi riots. (Wolfgang Kumm /dpa via AP)

    President Joachim Gauck visits a asylum-seeker home in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and welcomes refugees in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015. German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were visiting asylum seeker homes Wednesday to express support for refugees following an outburst of anti-foreigner violence over the weekend. Merkel planned to meet with refugees, aid workers and local officials at a shelter in Heidenau, near Dresden, that had been at the center of neo-Nazi riots. (Wolfgang Kumm /dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit an asylum shelter at the center of neo-Nazi riots in eastern Germany. She plans to meet with refugees, aid workers and local officials at the home on Wednesday.

Dozens of police were injured when a far-right mob in Heidenau near Dresden hurled bottles and fireworks in an attempt to prevent asylum seekers from moving into the former hardware store last weekend.

So far, Germany has been largely welcoming to the tens of thousands of refugees arriving each month but the attacks on them and on refugee shelters have been on the rise.

The German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that police arrested two intruders with knives who entered a refugee home in Parchim in east Germany late Tuesday.