German police clash with ‘far-right’ protesters

(photo of police from Bild, who report at least 13 police were injured — report in German)

BERLIN — German riot police Sunday clashed with far-right hooligans who rallied against Islamist extremism, with authorities using water cannon and tear gas against the rock-throwing protesters.

At least 2,500 hardline soccer fans from across Germany had massed under the banner “Hooligans against Salafists” in the western city of Cologne, drawing some 500 leftist and anti-fascist counter protesters.

Tensions escalated and right-wing protesters repeatedly yelled “Foreigners out!”, reported national news agency DPA and witnesses sending updates on Twitter.

Police in helmets and riot gear used batons, pepper spray and water cannon against the right-wing protesters who hurled rocks, bottles and fireworks at them.

Germany has seen a rise in nationalistic sentiment, as tensions between ethnic Germans and immigrant communities have raised the profile of previously underground far-right groups…

You can also see photos taken by Politically Incorrect here.  I am not sure who “Hooligans against Salafists” are; I have never heard of them before. They are clearly upset by on-going Islamization. The ‘Antifa’ groups were also there, as the photos from PI show.

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