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At least ten arrested as German anti-migrant rally turns violent

Police said an officer was lightly wounded in the brawl.

People take part in a protest rally of the German party 'Alternative fuer Deutschland, AfD' (Alternative for Germany) in Berlin.
People take part in a protest rally of the German party 'Alternative fuer Deutschland, AfD' (Alternative for Germany) in Berlin.
Image: Michael Sohn

POLICE HAVE CLASHED with activists who took to the streets of Berlin to shout down anti-migrant marchers of the populist-nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD).

At least 10 supporters of the migrants were arrested, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Police said an officer was lightly wounded in the brawl.

Police said some 3,500 people turned out for the anti-migrant protest, which gathered under the banner “Asylum Has Its Limits — Red Card for Merkel”.

Organisers had expected a turnout of up to 5,000.

Five counter-protests in support of migrants were planned Saturday in Berlin, with an expected turnout of 7,000.

AfD is a main critic of the top European economy’s open-door policy under Chancellor Angela Merkel towards refugees fleeing war and persecution.

Germany this year faces a record influx of up to one million migrants amid Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.

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