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German police have used water cannons to disperse PEGIDA demonstrators in Cologne. The anti-immigration movement were rallying against a rash of assaults on women, blamed on migrants in the city on New Year’s Eve.

Over a thousand supporters of the far-right movement took part in the protest in the center of the western German city on Saturday. They chanted “expulsion,” while waving German flags and other banners inscribed with slogans such as “Rapefugees not welcome.”

“Merkel must go” was another popular rallying cry with the demonstrators. The far-right supporters are infuriated with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her soft stance on refugees, and statements that the country could accept over a million asylum seekers.

Scuffles between the police and PEGIDA supporters started after the demonstrators hurled firecrackers and beer bottles at law enforcers. When they continued to throw projectiles, police deployed two water cannons and used pepper spray to disperse the group. Supporters of the anti-immigration movement were then herded towards an area near the city’s station.

The police in Cologne could also be seen making a number of arrests of those supporting the PEGIDA movement. A police spokeswoman said the PEGIDA protest had attracted some 1,700 people, half of whom she described as coming from the “hooligan scene,” Reuters reported.

Supporters of PEGIDA were met by a counter-demonstration from leftist groups and activists. The two rival factions were kept apart by a large police presence.

The anti-PEGIDA supporters chanted “Nazi pigs” and “Nazi’s out.” One slogan on a sign held by a demonstrator read: “There is nothing right about Nazi propaganda,” while another stated: “Fascism is not an opinion, it is a crime,” AFP reported.

On Friday, Chancellor Merkel announced she would be taking a tougher stance against refugees who break the law, after it emerged 22 of the 32 people suspected of robbing and sexually harassing 121 women on New Year’s Eve were asylum seekers.

“The right to asylum can be lost if someone is convicted on probation or jailed,” Merkel said on Saturday, following a meeting of the leadership of her Christian Democrats (CDU) party, as cited by Reuters.

“Serial offenders who repeatedly rob or repeatedly affront women must feel the full force of the law,” Merkel told journalists in Mainz, adding that she would look to stem the flow of refugees crossing Germany’s borders.

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  • Lone Ranger

    So they have water cannons for patriotic German protesters but they didnt even have regular police to stop the rapes in Cologne and Stuttgart? Interesting…
    Arrest mutti merkel now! Hey, Im talking to the German Bundeswehr and Intelligence, uphold your oaths and Protect Germany and your fellow Citizens against these traitors in charge, do you really want your woman and children to be gangrapes by these jihadi goatfuckers on a daily basis? WAKE THE FUCK UP!!

  • TJ

    Germany needs to vote Merkel out as bad as we need to vote Urkel out.

  • Bob Mac

    I’ll bet Merkel attends the annual secret, high-security “Bilderberg Group” meeting, and they tell her what Germany has to do. The people who elected her party and pay her salary should tell her what to do, not filthy-rich foreigners. I agree with the Germans, Merkel must go, aod so must every official who does not stand for their own country’s interests, ahead of banks, corporations, weapons, oil, socialism, globalism, and unchallenged, unaccountable power. Once you lose your liberty you cannot ask for it back, and the price is higher than most modern weaklings are willing to pay, although many of our ancestors gladly paid the supreme price.

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