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Germany: Pro- and anti- refugee protesters face-off in Passau02:25

Germany: Pro- and anti- refugee protesters face-off in Passau

Germany, Passau
October 31, 2015 at 21:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tensions mounted in Passau's streets after around 1,300 anti-refugee demonstrators supporting the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and 650 counter-demonstrators met in the centre of the city where they were kept apart by police.

AfD protesters chanted "Merkel has to go" and held banners reading "Merkel stop" and "secure borders, secure home." Counter-protesters shouted back "nazis out" and "there is no right for nazi propaganda" after members of AfD held speeches in front of the crowd. Police secured the right-wing march through the city centre with many officers separating both protester groups along the way.

Passau has seen thousands of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees arriving within the last week from across the border with Austria. Bavarian Minister President Horst Seehofer, and leader of CDU's sister party, has given German Chancellor Angela Merkel an ultimatum with a deadline of Sunday to find a solution to the refugee crisis that is particularly affecting the border region.

Germany: Pro- and anti- refugee protesters face-off in Passau02:25
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Tensions mounted in Passau's streets after around 1,300 anti-refugee demonstrators supporting the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and 650 counter-demonstrators met in the centre of the city where they were kept apart by police.

AfD protesters chanted "Merkel has to go" and held banners reading "Merkel stop" and "secure borders, secure home." Counter-protesters shouted back "nazis out" and "there is no right for nazi propaganda" after members of AfD held speeches in front of the crowd. Police secured the right-wing march through the city centre with many officers separating both protester groups along the way.

Passau has seen thousands of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees arriving within the last week from across the border with Austria. Bavarian Minister President Horst Seehofer, and leader of CDU's sister party, has given German Chancellor Angela Merkel an ultimatum with a deadline of Sunday to find a solution to the refugee crisis that is particularly affecting the border region.