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Police injured in protests as Germany's AfD meets

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 01:06

Protesters have marched on the streets in Cologne to show their opposition to Germany's AfD party, as it met for talks ahead of September's election. Annabel Reid reports.

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A show of force in Cologne. Protesters pushed back by an army of police officers, deployed as the right wing anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party met for policy talks. Police deployed four thousand officers to manage the angry crowds. Two officers were injured as protesters continued to pour onto the streets. As tensions rose, demonstrators launched flares at police. But their anger is at the AfD. The party opposes Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to welcome over a million migrants over the past two years. Its co-chief suffered a body blow as she met with delegates. They've dismissed her plan to forge alliances with other parties, rather than seeking to be a long-term opposition force. The party is polling between eight to 10 percent support ahead of September's election. That's enough to give it seats in parliament for the first time ever, but its popularity has been sliding.

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Police injured in protests as Germany's AfD meets

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 01:06