Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Saturday, August 22: Riots erupt

People gather in front of the "Sunflower House," the city's central admission center for asylum seekers. The scene turns violent when some 200 in the crowd begin throwing stones. By 2 a.m., the police deploy water cannon, temporarily bringing the situation under control several hours later.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Sunday, August 23: The rioters return

Well-known right-wing extremists travel from across Germany to join the rioters. The asylum reception center and apartment block comes under attack over the course of the day. By 8 p.m. 500 rioters have gathered, cheered on by 3,000 bystanders.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

'Foreigners out!'

The crowd chants "Germany for Germans" and "Foreigners out!" while rioters continue to pelt the building with stones and Molotov cocktails. Police on site also come under attack. Regional officials sound the alarm for the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Border protection police and security forces from nearby Hamburg help bring the situation under control.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Monday, August 24

Authorities evacuate the asylum center, but Vietnamese residents are left behind. In the evening Neo-Nazis and other rioters clash with police in the streets. Thousands chant right-wing slogans. Police officers are injured.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Up in flames

Vietnamese residents are left in Sunflower House with no protection. The building goes up in flames. The cause: Molotov cocktails. Some 120 people, including children, are trapped inside.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Extremists block firemen

More fire bombs are being thrown at the building as the fire brigade calls for police protection. People trapped inside manage to climb onto the roof and escape through a different apartment block. Police arrive and push back extremists. Fire service begins to put out fires. Vietnamese residents are brought to emergency shelters. Luckily, no one has died.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Tuesday, August 25: Police step up response

Unlike the days before, police take more drastic action. They respond to ongoing riots with water cannons and tear gas. The situation is finally under control by 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: How the right-wing extremist attack unfolded in 25 years ago

Wednesday, August 26: The riots are over

Remaining asylum seekers leave the Sunflower House under police protection. They are shocked by the fact that during the riots, thousands of locals stood by and watched, while some even applauded.

In August 1992 Germany experienced nearly a week of violence as right-wing extremists attacked a refugee home in Rostock-Lichtenhagen. Here's a timeline of the events.