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Germany: Hundreds of AfD supporters join anti-refugee protest02:46

Germany: Hundreds of AfD supporters join anti-refugee protest

Germany, Magdeburg
November 19, 2015 at 16:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 1,500 supporters of of the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) marched through the centre of Magdeburg on Wednesday, to demonstrate against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies.

Protesters marched to and from Magdeburg's cathedral, before holding a minute of silence for the victims of the terror attacks in Paris, releasing tricolour baloons in tribute to those who lost their lives.

Alexander Gauland, spokesperson of AfD Brandenburg was among those who spoke at the rally. During his speech, Gauland accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of damaging the German nation by accepting refugees, and asked the crowd, "didn't the completely open borders invite the terror?"

Hundreds of police were deployed to keep the two hour long demonstration under control, while around 350 counter-demonstrators protested nearby. There were no reports of arrests or incidents either side.

Germany: Hundreds of AfD supporters join anti-refugee protest02:46
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Around 1,500 supporters of of the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) marched through the centre of Magdeburg on Wednesday, to demonstrate against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies.

Protesters marched to and from Magdeburg's cathedral, before holding a minute of silence for the victims of the terror attacks in Paris, releasing tricolour baloons in tribute to those who lost their lives.

Alexander Gauland, spokesperson of AfD Brandenburg was among those who spoke at the rally. During his speech, Gauland accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of damaging the German nation by accepting refugees, and asked the crowd, "didn't the completely open borders invite the terror?"

Hundreds of police were deployed to keep the two hour long demonstration under control, while around 350 counter-demonstrators protested nearby. There were no reports of arrests or incidents either side.

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