Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GERMANY AT BOILING POINT: Police break up violent clash during anti-Muslim march

 Clash between pro-refugee and anti-muslim groups
GERMAN police were forced to divide clashes between pro-refugees activists and right-wing supporters on the streets.Hundreds of people turned up to demonstrate for and against the right-wing LEGIDA group, the local group of PEGIDA, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of Europe. Pro-refugee demonstrators assembled in numbers in Leipzig to combat the anti-Muslim group of LEGIDA who had planned a march. Heavy police presence was organised to try to prevent trouble between the two groups with very opposing views. In the footage protesters can be heard chanting as some raise flags in the air before smoke begins to fill the streets. Screeching can be heard in the background as police vans and officers separate the two groups from colliding. Police can be seen waving batons as they try to disperse a crowd gathering in the streets before some objects are thrown at the cops. Towards the end of the clip officers can be seen running to a scene as protesters from both sides met face to face before they were pulled apart. LEGIDA had planned a march through downtown Leipzig to mark their two year anniversary.However once the opposition found out about the demonstration, pro-refugee activists went out to counter the march, as they too walked the streets. Just a year ago the anti-LEGIDA protesters formed a chain of up to two miles as activists joined by holding candles around the city centre. During the demonstrations last year to mark a one year anniversary for LEGIDA, hundreds of people were arrested after riots took place. Reports said that hundreds of football hooligans joined the march to create chaos on the streets which is why police were strategically organised during this year's march.

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