LEIPZIG, Germany, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Left-wing protesters clashed with German police on Sunday as they tried to prevent neo-Nazis marching through the eastern city of Leipzig two weeks after a far-right party entered the region’s parliament.
Reuters cameramen at the scene saw police move in after protesters set fire to rubbish containers and park benches along the route of the planned march. Police used water cannon to put out the blazes.
A police spokesman could not immediately say if there had been any arrests, although footage showed several protesters being dragged away from a sit in.
Around 1,500 to 2,000 protesters gathered to stop the march by around 150 supporters of the far right National Democratic Party (NPD), which won 9.2 percent of the vote in Saxony’s state election on Sept. 19. Leipzig is the state’s most populous city.