Sunday 25 August, 2019

German police end neo-Nazi concert after violence, injuries

Police officers search a visitor of a far right rock concert in Aploda, Germany.(Sebastian Haak/dpa via AP)

Police officers search a visitor of a far right rock concert in Aploda, Germany.(Sebastian Haak/dpa via AP)

German police have ended a far-right concert early after eight officers were slightly injured by neo-Nazis throwing bottles and rocks at them.

The German news agency dpa reported Sunday that some 800 neo-Nazis attended the concert late Saturday in the eastern German town of Apolda, while around 500 people came for a counter-protest holding vigils and attending a late-night church service.

Police officers had to use pepper spray and batons when some neo-Nazis tried to break through police barriers.

The eastern state of Thuringia has long been a center for neo-Nazi concerts. Efforts to ban the concert didn't succeed because the concert's organizers simply moved to another venue after they were blocked from using their initial site.

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