Flashpoint in Berlin as anti-immigration protesters clash with police and call for ‘traitor to the people’ Angela Merkel’s resignation

Sunday, November 8, 2015
By Paul Martin

Anti-migration protesters also clashed with counter-protesters in Berlin
Furious Germans condemned Merkel, under banner ‘Red card for Merkel’
The Chancellor’s open-door migration policy has divided the population
Some 40 people were arrested as police used pepper spray on activists

7 November 2015

Violence erupted in the streets of Berlin today as thousands of anti-immigration protesters clashed with police and counter-demonstrators.

Pro-migration activists took to the streets of the German capital to shout down the yells of the anti-migrant demonstrators protesting against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy.

Furious Germans condemned Ms Merkel, waving German flags and chanting ‘Merkel must go’ and ‘Traitor to the people’.

Around 5,000 people turned out for the anti-migration march, organised by the eurosceptic, populist-nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party under the banner ‘Asylum has its limits – red card for Merkel’.

‘We are demonstrating against the asylum chaos caused by Angela Merkel,’ AfD member and European Parliament deputy Beatrix von Storch said at the rally.

Five counter-protests in support of migrants saw a turn-out of around 800 people, despite organisers’ hopes that several thousand would attend.
Activists protesting the anti-immigration protest found themselves targeted by police wielding pepper spray, as they attempted to break up the simultaneous demonstrations.

More than 40 people were arrested and one officer was lightly wounded after the violence broke out.

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