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Germany: Riot police battle with counter-demo trying to confront AfD supporters01:58

Germany: Riot police battle with counter-demo trying to confront AfD supporters

Germany, Berlin
November 7, 2015 at 17:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Riot police scuffled with counter-demonstrators at Berlin's Hauptbahnhof station on Saturday as an estimated 1,500 protesters demonstrated against an anti-refugee rally staged by the right-wing 'Alternative fur Deutschland' party (Alternative for Germany).

Several arrests were made during the rally and subsequent counter demonstration, with police reportedly using pepper-spray in an attempt to disperse and incapacitate activists. The largely peaceful pro-refugee march was called by a wide range of organisations including the SPD, CDU, Greens and Die Linke, under the motto "For a cosmopolitan Berlin - against the rally of AFD."

Official figures suggest that 800,000 refugees and migrants will seek asylum in Germany in 2015, with German right wing parties and groups marching frequently in opposition to recently introduced refugee policies in the EU.

Germany: Riot police battle with counter-demo trying to confront AfD supporters01:58
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Riot police scuffled with counter-demonstrators at Berlin's Hauptbahnhof station on Saturday as an estimated 1,500 protesters demonstrated against an anti-refugee rally staged by the right-wing 'Alternative fur Deutschland' party (Alternative for Germany).

Several arrests were made during the rally and subsequent counter demonstration, with police reportedly using pepper-spray in an attempt to disperse and incapacitate activists. The largely peaceful pro-refugee march was called by a wide range of organisations including the SPD, CDU, Greens and Die Linke, under the motto "For a cosmopolitan Berlin - against the rally of AFD."

Official figures suggest that 800,000 refugees and migrants will seek asylum in Germany in 2015, with German right wing parties and groups marching frequently in opposition to recently introduced refugee policies in the EU.

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