Clashes erupt at Germany protests

Neo-Nazis and leftists hold competing rallies marking 65th anniversary of Dresden bombing.

    German police clashed with leftist protesters during a rally against a neo-Nazi march [Reuters]

    "The police really have a hard time because they're trying to separate these two groups - the neo-Nazis, which want to march and the left-wing people."

    Scuffles also broke out between police and protesters from both sides, with several barricades set on fire and some minor injuries reported.

    'Bombing Holocaust'

    The February 13 anniversary of the bombing of Dresden has become a focus for neo-Nazi groups in the past few years. Some far-right politicians have also sparked controversy by describing the raids as a "bombing Holocaust".

    But Helma Orosz, the mayor of Dresden, said the city does not want the neo-Nazis there, the Associated Press news agency reported.

    "This gang doesn't belong here"

    Helma Orosz, Dresden mayor

    "This gang doesn't belong here," she said, following a legal attempt to stop the neo-Nazi march failed.

    The human chain helped "make Dresden a fortress against intolerance and stupidity, and the anniversary provided a reminder of who started the war", Orosz said.

    The Dresden air raids are considered one of the most controversial attacks by Allied forces during World War II.

    More than 30sq km of the historic city was destroyed in heavy bombing by US and British forces.

    The number of civilian casualties is disputed, with estimates ranging from 25,000 to more than 100,000 people killed in the raids.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    On the anniversary of UN Resolution 242, Al Jazeera explores the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise.

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Some key moments in the life of the man who led his country from independence in 1980 until November 21, 2017.

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    In the US, Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on Thursday, November 23.