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Police clash with anti-Nazi protesters

The Local · 3 Sep 2011, 15:24

Published: 03 Sep 2011 15:24 GMT+02:00

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Police were reportedly attacked with pepper spray, stones and firecrackers, and several officers sustained light injuries. They responded to the violence with batons and water cannon.

One police vehicle was also attacked. The clashes came as police tried to keep demonstrators from the two sides apart, as about 400 members of the right-wing camp waited for their rally to begin.

"The excessive violence against police officers in Dortmund has absolutely nothing to do with democratic protest against right-wing extremists," police chief Hans Schulze said.

The number of people injured has yet to be determined. Some 4,000 police officers were on patrol.

The counter-demonstration was organised in response to a march by about 700 right-wing extremists through Dortmund's Nordstadt district. Thousands of peaceful demonstrators also took to the streets around the city to protest the neo-Nazi rally.

Police were expecting about 1,000 far-right marchers, and some 10,000 counter-protesters – among them, about 4,000 demonstrators from Germany's left-wing scene that could potentially resort to violence.

Earlier in the day, several hundred leftist demonstrators tried to break through a street barricade, prompting police to use pepper spray and resulting in several injuries.

Saturday's anti-Nazi demonstration was organised by the state integration minister in North Rhine-Westphalia, Guntram Schneider.

On Saturday, Schneider described the annual influx of neo-Nazis in Dortmund – who stage a demonstration each year around World Peace Day – as unacceptable. The city has been home to a raucous right-wing scene for years.

In 2009, members of the far-right crowd ambushed a demonstration by labour unions in Dortmund to mark May 1 in Germany.


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Your comments about this article

16:10 September 3, 2011 by derExDeutsche
It would seem to me, with a substantial percentage of the 'Left Wing Scene' in Germany being Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel, these 2 groups have more in common than they realize. The only difference seems to be the tolerance for new Immigrants.
16:15 September 3, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Does this picture look staged or what????

Actually, although I do not agree with the far left or right, think the left would have been better served by having their counter-protest without the violence. Instead, as derExDeutsche alluded to, they do not look any different than they far right in their actions.

They have only hurt themselves by this violent action and definitely lost my attention to their cause.
18:56 September 3, 2011 by frankiep
So many extremists from both sides at the same place at the same time. A target rich environment.
03:12 September 4, 2011 by Klaipeda
As I understand the word anti-semitic, the whole world is anti-semitic, including a portion of the Jewish population itself. From anyone who thinks its wrong to steal Arab land and then drop bombs on the refugees to someone that discusses Jews roles in atrocities the Soviet Union committed, they're all anti-semites.
23:52 September 4, 2011 by hardly
I do not doubt that there was provocative activities on all sides: right wing demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and the police. There are thugs everywhere.

The framing of this article puts the police as victims and the left 'extremists' as responsible. This is pathetic journalism.
02:55 September 5, 2011 by Wise Up!
Both sides are so extreme that they meet in the middle. Both support dictatorships that were responsible for the death of millions!!!
02:45 September 6, 2011 by hardly
Usually when a bomb goes off or some other militant activity takes place, a party or faction takes responsibility. Sometimes claiming undue responsibility to bolster the faction's credibility amongst militants and sympathizers. In this situation no one takes responsibility. No specific responsibility is identified by the journalists nor the police.

Who are the 'extremists'? do they have a collective or party name? do they have an ideology? Otherwise, how do you know they are extremists?

If you can then identify the extremist ideology amongst thousands of demonstrators, how do you know which persons provoked and perpetrated the violence?

As well, thugs are not always extremists and individuals with militant views are not always thugs.

As I stated before, this is unacceptable journalism.
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