German police have arrested eight people, including seven Syrian refugees and a German citizen, over their suspected involvement in a group sexual assault on 18-year-old woman in the city of Freiburg.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has however asked people to take to the streets on Monday to express their outrage.
Meanwhile, counter-demonstrators have called on people to gripe attempts to exploit the crime to whip up anti-migrant sentiment.
The young woman is believed to have been raped during the night of Oct. 13 to 14 by a group of men, after she had been to a club in the city centre.
Police are investigating seven Syrian nationals, aged between 19 and 29, and one 25-year-old German national, but police believe there may have been more men involved in the crime.
A 13-member special investigative team has been set up at the Office of Criminal Investigation for the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, in which Freiburg is located.
The student said she had gone to the club with a female friend and had received a drink from a man she did not know.
Around midnight, she left the club with this man, but she said something the man put in her drink made her defenceless.
She said one of the suspects then sexually assaulted her in nearby bushes, followed by the other men.
The authorities say the men, most of whom live in refugee camps in the city, are known to them for other crimes.
The city hit the headlines some two years ago when a female student was murdered there, while a young refugee was convicted of the crime.
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