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The term pogrom describes the violent persecution of minorities by a large group of people. The term derives from the Russian word for “massacre” or “destruction”. It has mainly been applied to describe attacks towards Jewish people since the Middle Ages up until the 20th century. In recent times, the term has also been applied to the racist riots in Rostock-Lichtenhagen. In the summer of 1992, anti-refugee protests that had lasted several days, led to violent attacks against an apartment building in which many Vietnamese migrants lived.