Far-right march leads to German clashes

2012-06-02 22:02
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Berlin - German police say leftists activists have clashed with police and far-right supporters during duelling demonstrations in the northern port city of Hamburg.

Several police were injured during the melee, which saw the leftists set fire to barricades and use pyrotechnics, bottles and stones to attack police and the far-right demonstrators.

Both marches on Saturday attracted hundreds of people.

Police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen says the leftists tried to stop the far-right rally by erecting barricades and setting them ablaze. Officers used water cannons to extinguish the blazes and keep the leftists in check.

Separately, police say more than 10 000 people followed a call by unions and major parties to demonstrate peacefully in the city centre against the far-right march.

More than 1 000 officers were on duty to keep the protests in check.

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