Anti-refugee rally in Berlin draws ten times more protesters than expected

Anti-refugee rally in Berlin draws ten times more protesters than expected

Right-wing protesters, including known neo-Nazis, marched through Berlin’s government quarter on Saturday, chanting “Merkel must go” and “We are the people” in an anti-immigration rally that drew ten times more people than police had expected.

The right-wing protestors were met by a counter demonstration of roughly 1,000 people from an alliance of left-wing groups, unions, churches and Germany’s Turkish Association carrying the banner “Asylum is a right, racism isn’t.”

Nearly 1,300 police were deployed for the protests, in which about 200 counter-demonstrators failed to block the right-wing demonstration from continuing on with the march. Small scuffles occurred with police as they sought to keep the two camps separated.

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