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‘Shortest march in recent history’: Antifascist groups disrupt neo-Nazi rally in Berlin (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: April 26, 2014 16:00
An activist of the far-right NPD party holds a sign reading " Example Switzerland- Stop mass immigration" (Vorbild Schweiz- Masseneinwanderung Stoppen) during a demonstration of the far-right NPD party in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

An activist of the far-right NPD party holds a sign reading " Example Switzerland- Stop mass immigration" (Vorbild Schweiz- Masseneinwanderung Stoppen) during a demonstration of the far-right NPD party in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

About a hundred fascists were only allowed to march 300 meters from their gathering point as left-wingers, trade unions and ordinary Berliners joined forces to stop a neo-Nazi march. Clashes between the groups led to some injuries and arrests.

A few thousand Berliners stopped a march by the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany in its tracks, a correspondent from Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported from the scene.

About 100 neo-Nazis were only able to move about 300 meters from their original meeting point, the Jannowitzbrucke Bridge in the center of Berlin.

All possible routes off the bridge were blocked by a consortium of left-wingers, trade unionists, anti-fascist groups and ordinary Berliners.

As a result, the ultra-right radicals held a short meeting where they were and after about three hours began to disperse.

The police set up two cordons to separate the two groups, although there was some violence. Bottles and stones rained down on the neo-Nazis, which were hurled from the left-wing camp and the police had to intervene with batons and tear gas. A few people were arrested and there were a few injuries, including among the police.

The local press has dubbed the neo-Nazis’ march, “the shortest march in history.”

Activists from the far right party NPD march across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Activists from the far right party NPD are seen behind a police line at the start of their marches on the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Policemen scuffle with anti fascist protesters while trying to detain a protester as activists from the far right party NPD march across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

An anti fascist demonstrator (L) is held back as he tries to come to the aid of a fellow protestor being detained as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Policemen detain an antifascist protester as activists from the far right party NPD marched across the Jannowitz bridge in Berlin on April 26, 2014. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

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