Italy: large protest against Austria’s proposed border fence
There have been a number of anti-refugee protests in Germany over the past several months as Germans express their dissatisfaction with Angela Merkel’s disastrous “open door” policy for refugees flooding into Germany.
This weekend, there was a clash between “Merkel Must Go” protesters and pro-migrant “Nazis Out” protesters.
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About 1,000 right-wing extremists and others protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policies squared off with about 4,500 counter-demonstrators outside the Berlin chancellery on Saturday, as Italian police and demonstrators clashed during a protest against a planned Austria fence.
In Berlin, protesters from the far-Right cheered and jeered as counter-demonstrators who tried to break through the police cordon were quickly overwhelmed and dragged away by officers.
Occasional bottles and even a beer stein flew from the counter -demonstration but fell far short of the far-right march about 150 metres away, amid chants of “Nazis out.”
On the other side, the right-wing demonstrators held signs with slogans like “No Islam on German Soil” and chanted “Merkel must go” while waving German flags.
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Meanwhile in Italy there was a protest of Austria’s proposed border fence.
The Telegraph continues:
[A] demonstration against a planned fence to stop refugees crossing the Brenner Pass between Italy and Austria turned violent on Saturday, with Italian police firing teargas at hundreds of protesters throwing stones and firecrackers.
Austria has said it plans to erect a fence at the Alpine crossing it shares with Italy to “channel” people. Part of Europe’s borderless Schengen zone, Brenner is one of the routes that migrants use as they head towards northern Europe.
Two police officers were injured in the clashes, the head of a local Italian police union, Fulvio Coslovi, told Reuters new agency. He said around 10 demonstrators were being held by police.
Local police in Tyrol, Austria said over 600 protesters showed up to the third violent demonstration at the Brenner Pass in just over a month, meeting at the Brenner station in Italy.
German and Italian leaders are adamantly opposed to Austria’s proposed border fence.
Italy and Germany are utterly opposed to Austria’s plan to build a fence at its border with Italy, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president, said on Saturday that Austria imposing controls on its border with Italy would be a “political catastrophe” for Europe.
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