Berliners block right-wing march

2014-04-26 17:05
Policemen detain an antifascist protester as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin. (Odd Andersen, AFP)

Policemen detain an antifascist protester as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin. (Odd Andersen, AFP)

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Berlin - Thousands of Berliners have blocked a group of right-wing extremists from staging a march through the German capital.

Police say some 2 000 people stood in the way of the planned route of a demonstration organised on Saturday by the far-right National Democratic Party.

The party, known by its acronym NPD, had planned to march through Berlin's Kreuzberg district, which has a large immigrant population. Germany's security services say the party has a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic agenda.

Police spokesperson Thomas Neuendorf says the 100 far-right activists were able to proceed only for a couple of hundred meters before their path was blocked and "it's unlikely they'll get any further today".

Neuendorf says four NPD supporters and nine counter-demonstrators had been arrested by mid-afternoon.
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