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The Day of the German Future': Thousands of Far Leftists and Neo-Nazis Clash in Germany

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"An astounding 4,400 police officers were deployed"

Clashes between neo-Nazi demonstrators and far-left counter-protesters last night in Hamburg, Germany left 38 police officers injured, police said Sunday.

There were roughly 3,500 counter-protesters to the 700 neo-Nazis, and close to 10,000 peaceful protesters at a separate rally in front of the city hall.

To contain the situation, an astounding 4,400 police officers were deployed.

 

The security forces were reportedly pelted with rocks, bottles and fireworks, and they responded by turning a water canon and pepper spray on the rioting groups.

At least two parked cars and a police cruiser were set ablaze, in addition to a barricade of trash cans, according to reports.

 

At least 63 demonstrators were taken into custody, and 17 were formally arrested.

Perhaps confusing the number arrested with the number of neo-Nazis gathered, Russia Today is reporting that up to 700 were arrested, and they have remarkable video of the protests.

Watch it, below:

 

Authorities estimate that the protesters caused roughly 1.5 million Euros worth of damage, during a time where austerity and budgets are the central concern of Europe.  Germany has been forced to shoulder a large amount of the burden for its neighbors, and the German public is seemingly losing its patience.

While the neo-Nazis' parade was termed "The Day of the German Future," the city's police chief remarked that he was pleased to see so many turn out for the larger, peaceful protest, demonstrating for an "open and tolerant Hamburg."

 

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