On Saturday, a total of 1,800 policemen were deployed in Berlin as thousands of people took to the streets: some of them to protest against the Turkish operation in Afrin, Syria, and others gathered to voice their protest against right-wing movements.
Four police officers were injured after protesters attacked the police with flagpoles, bottles and pepper spray in Dorotheenstrasse and three demonstrators were arrested, according to a police representative.
Meanwhile, right-wing groups had started a protest at Hauptbahnhof station in the center of Berlin. A right-wing group, We for Germany ("Wir für Deutschland"), had showed up to protest against the coalition government uniting Merkel's Christian Democrats with the Social Democrats. According to police, there were also neo-Nazis among the demonstrators.
About 30,000 participants were expected to take part in the demonstrations in the German capital, however, according to the police spokesman, only "several thousand" people took to Berlin's streets.
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