Germans protest against rally by far-right party

Other News Materials 13 September 2008 22:48 (UTC +04:00)

Six police officers were slightly injured by stone-throwing protesters opposed to a rally by the far- right National Democratic Party (NPD) on Saturday.

More than 2,000 demonstrators, members of an alliance against right-wing extremism, took part in the protest in Altenburg, a town in the east German state of Thuringia.

Police said they were able to prevent major clashes breaking out between the demonstrators and around 1,200 participants in a "People's Festival" organized by the anti-foreigner NPD.

There were minor scuffles as some left-wing demonstrators threw stones and staged sit-down protests in an attempt to block the rally.

"The vast majority protested loudly, but in a peaceful manner against the NPD gathering," a police spokesman said.

The protest was backed by local politicians from the mainstream political parties as well as the Protestant church, trade unions and cultural organizations.

The NDP, seen by many in Germany as a neo-Nazi organization, has legislative seats in two of the 16 German states but no representation at federal level, dpa reported.