Hundreds of people protested against a decision to build refugee accommodation in Upahl in front of the meeting building of the district council of Northwest Mecklenburg in Grevesmühlen on Thursday.

There were tumultuous scenes.

According to the police, up to 700 people took part in the registered meeting in the early evening.

Some participants tried to gain access to the building, but were prevented and pushed back by the police.

According to an NDR reporter on site, the police assigned several hundred participants to the right-wing scene, including well-known right-wing extremists from the region.

In the evening, the district council approved the construction of the refugee accommodation in Upahl.

The district announced that the construction of the containerized facility for 400 refugees could begin.

Those attending the gathering expressed their displeasure, police said.

There had already been protests against the planned accommodation in Upahl.

Opponents criticized that with around 400 places it was too big for such a small community.

investigation initiated

The emergency services were confronted with verbal aggression.

Unknown persons would also have repeatedly ignited pyrotechnics.

Appropriate procedures for administrative offenses had been initiated.

In addition, the suspicion of serious trespassing and violations of the Assembly Act are being investigated.

Around 120 police officers from Wismar, Rostock and Neubrandenburg, among others, were deployed.

The spokesman for the district did not want to comment on the incidents when asked.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Greens spoke of an attack on democracy in the evening.

“Refugees need protection from war and persecution.

Our task is to take them in, provide them with dignified accommodation and guarantee their physical and psychological safety," said Katharina Horn, state chairwoman.